Real estate heir acquitted in dismemberment murder now accused of urinating on candy
A wealthy New York City real estate heir turned himself in after police said he relieved himself on some candy at a checkout counter at a Texas pharmacy.
Robert Durst, who was previously acquitted of murder in the 2001 death of a Galveston man, was charged with criminal mischief after CVS employees in Rice Village said he exposed himself Sunday afternoon and then urinated on the candy.
“He did not seem to be agitated or arguing with anyone,” said Houston Police spokesman John Cannon. “He turned casually and left the store and was last seen walking down the street.”
The 71-year-old Durst surrendered Wednesday in a deal arranged by his attorneys, who say he suffers from Asperger syndrome, a form of autism.
Durst admitted during his 2003 murder trial to dismembering the body of his 71-year-old friend, Morris Black, and dumping the bagged remains into Galveston Bay.
He claimed the killing was in self-defense, but KHOU-TV reported that even Durst seemed surprised by his acquittal.
Durst was sentenced to two concurrent five-year prison terms for tampering with evidence and bond jumping, but he was released in 2005 after serving only one year.
Investigators had previously questioned Durst in the 1982 disappearance of his wife, Kathie.
Friends said Durst physically abused his wife, and he waited several days before reporting her missing.
Susan Berman, a longtime friend, was found dead of a gunshot wound to the back of the head in 2000 after police questioned her in the disappearance of Durst’s wife.
Prosecutors said Durst began dressing as a woman and pretending to be mute while living in Texas to evade authorities.
Durst, the son of real estate mogul Seymour Durst, is estranged from his family but has access to a trust fund that he continues to use to fund real estate transactions.
The disappearance of his wife, who has never been found and is presumed dead, served as the basis for the 2010 film “All Good Things.”
Durst was questioned but never charged in the disappearance of his wife and Berman’s shooting death.
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