R. Kelly will not testify in sexual assault trial

Disgraced R&B superstar R. Kelly will not testify in his own defense, he said in court Wednesday, as his racketeering and sex-crimes trial in federal court in Brooklyn nears an end. 

After dismissing the jury for a break Wednesday morning, Judge Ann Donnelly asked Kelly if he did not wish to take the witness stand, and the singer responded affirmatively. 

“Yes ma’am,” he said.

Earlier Wednesday, the jury heard from what may be the last defense witness of the trial, music consultant Julius Darrington, who worked with Kelly for several years prior to his arrest. 

Darrington testified he did not see Kelly abuse women while he worked with him in his Chicago studio and while they traveled across the country for shows — but said during cross-examination that he had no knowledge of what the “I Believe I Can Fly” crooner did while he was not with him.

R. Kelly listens as a witness testifies for the defense during Kelly’s sex abuse trial.
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Kelly is charged with possessing child pornography as well as several allegations of sexual assault.
Kelly is charged with possessing child pornography as well as several allegations of sexual assault.
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Prosecutors are expected to begin their closing statements Wednesday afternoon. 

They have painted a ghastly picture of the ’90s megastar, who they allege led an illegal enterprise to sexually abuse girls for more than two decades. 

Among his victims were former R&B singer Aaliyah, whom Kelly allegedly sexually assaulted when she was as young as 13 years old. The singer also gave herpes to at least two of his victims, prosecutors charged.  

Former singer R. Kelly has decided not to testify after the presiding judge asked him he wanted to defend himself.
Singer R. Kelly has decided not to testify after the presiding judge asked him if he wanted to defend himself.
Closing statements in the R. Kelly trial began on Sept. 22, 2021 after the defense presented its last witness.
Closing statements in the R. Kelly trial began on Sept. 22, 2021, after the defense presented its last witness.
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People wait in line to enter the Federal Courthouse for the R. Kelly trial in Brooklyn.
People wait in line to enter the federal courthouse for the R. Kelly trial in Brooklyn.

Kelly was hit with a nine-count indictment that includes a racketeering charge and violations of the Mann Act, which makes it a crime to transport a woman or girl for purposes of “prostitution or debauchery.”

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Trials Begin For Blood Test That Claims To Detect Up To 50 Types Of Cancer

Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) announced it started trials on Monday for a blood test that can detect over 50 types of cancer before patients show symptoms.

The Galleri test examines the patient’s DNA in the blood to look for early signs of cancer and significantly increases people’s chance of survival, according to the NHS’s news release. The test works by finding changes in DNA that come from tumors in the blood.

“This quick and simple blood test could mark the beginning of a revolution in cancer detection and treatment here and around the world,” NHS Chief Executive Amanda Pritchard said in the news release. “By finding cancer before signs and symptoms even appear, we have the best chance of treating it and can give people the best possible chance of survival.”

The NHS intends to recruit 140,000 volunteers and conduct the trials in eight areas of the country to determine the effectiveness of the blood test, according to the news release. (RELATED: Amy Klobuchar Reveals Previous Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Successful Treatment)

The revolutionary new test has been especially effective at detecting cancers that are usually hard to identify, including neck, bowel, lung, pancreatic and throat cancers.

“It is an absolute priority to speed up the early detection of cancer to improve survival, and this trial has the potential to do just that across a range of types of cancer,” Dame Cally Palmer, NHS national director for cancer, said in the release.

Participants in the trial must have at least three years without a cancer diagnosis and will be asked to give blood samples at a local mobile site. The individuals will first be invited back after 12 months and then again after two years to provide more samples, according to the news release.

Results should be available by 2023, and if successful, the NHS plans to provide the test to a million users in 2024 and 2025.

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R. Kelly sexually abused Aaliyah when she was 13 or 14: accuser

R. Kelly sexually abused late singer Aaliyah when she was in her early teens, an accuser testified in Brooklyn court on Monday.

The accuser, a backup dancer for Kelly referred to as “Angela,” said she walked in on the disgraced pop star giving oral sex to Aaliyah in 1992 or 1993 – when Aaliyah would’ve been 13 or 14, Vulture reported.

Angela said she and another girl went toward Kelly’s bedroom in the back of a tour bus with the goal of performing a prank and cracked open the door.

“I saw Robert and Aaliyah in a sexual situation,” Angela said, according to Vulture. “It appeared he has his head in between her legs and was giving her oral sex.”

Angela said she quickly closed the door after witnessing the alleged assault, The Huffington Post report. She never spoke to the disgraced singer about the incident, she reportedly said.

Kelly, who would’ve been in his mid 20s at the time. illegally married Aaliyah when she was 15 and he was 27 because he thought she was pregnant, according to previous testimony.

Angela, who is the 10th accuser to appear in court, said she had a sexual relationship with Kelly herself — beginning when she was about 14 or 15, the reports stated.

A woman testified at Kelly’s trial that she saw him sexually abuse Aaliyah when she was either 13 or 14 years old.
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Also Monday, Kelly’s longtime assistant, Diana Copeland, testified that the music star once asked her to change into a robe to demonstrate she was not wearing a wire.

“He could get pretty heated,” Copeland said.

Kelly – real name Robert Sylvester Kelly, 54 – faces multiple accusations of sex crimes and sex trafficking. The multiplatinum Grammy-winning singer of “I Believe I Can Fly” has been portrayed by prosecutors as a man who used his fame to sexually exploit young women, girls and boys.

He has been accused of bribing an official to get a fake ID for Aaliyah so they could be married and he could block her from testifying against him. Aaliyah, who died in a plane crash in 2001, had allegedly told Kelly she was pregnant.

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NC man shot after he rushes judge who handed guilty verdict

A North Carolina man was fatally shot in a courtroom after he charged at a judge and tried to grab a bailiff’s gun, reports said.

Roxboro resident Christopher Thomas Vaughan flipped out inside the Person County Courthouse on Thursday afternoon after he was found guilty of false imprisonment — yelling and tossing a chair before he moved toward the judge, WRAL reported.

Vaughan then tried to snag the bailiff’s weapon during a struggle with two officers, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation said in a statement cited by WTVD and other media.

That’s when a Roxboro police officer shot Vaughan in the head, according to reports and the official statement. Vaughan later died at Duke University Hospital, the bureau announced Friday.

The officer broke his hand and the deputy was cut on his neck and head, the bureau said, according to WTVD. The names of the two weren’t released, but authorities said they received medical treatment and had since been released.

Vaughan had been charged with trying to coerce a woman from a Walmart, The News & Observer reported.

Christopher Thomas Vaughan had been found guilty on false imprisonment charges.
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Vaughan, who tried to get the bailiff's weapon, was then fatally shot.
Vaughan, who tried to get the bailiff’s weapon, was then fatally shot.

The courthouse was closed for the remainder of the day on Thursday as residents of the area were shaken by the shocking incident.

“I didn’t expect something like that to happen in Roxboro,” resident Leslie Evans told KAKE.

“But then again, with all the craziness that’s been happening lately, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised,” she said.

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‘Firm trial date’ set for November in Ghislaine Maxwell case

Accused Jeffrey Epstein madam Ghislaine Maxwell will stand trial in Manhattan federal court in a few months, a judge ordered Friday.

Judge Alison Nathan scheduled a “firm trial date” for Maxwell on Nov. 29, 2021 in a letter filed in her case on Friday afternoon.

Judge Nathan had previously set that as a tentative date for the trial to begin — and cemented it with the Friday letter.

“The Clerk’s Office has now confirmed that a jury trial in this case has been scheduled to commence on November 29, 2021. This is a firm trial date,” she wrote.

Jury selection will be done in the weeks leading up to the trial, Nathan wrote.

Maxwell, who has been held without bail since her arrest in July of last year, is accused of procuring underage girls for multi-millionaire Epstein to abuse in the 1990s and early 2000s.

She’s pleaded not guilty to the charges and requested five times that she be let out on bail pending trial. She was denied each time.

Her trial was originally scheduled for July, but Nathan agreed to a postponement after prosecutors charged her in a superseding indictment, which included new counts of sex trafficking.

A courtroom sketch shows Ghislaine Maxwell during her arraignment hearing at Manhattan Federal Court on April 23, 2021.
A courtroom sketch shows Ghislaine Maxwell during her arraignment hearing at Manhattan Federal Court on April 23, 2021.
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Epstein was previously arrested and charged with sex crimes by the same prosecutor’s office as Maxwell, but killed himself in a Manhattan jail cell before he stood trial.

Maxwell is being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn while she awaits trial, and has repeatedly complained about horrendous conditions in the lockup.

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R. Kelly wanted accuser to ‘sing like Aaliyah:’ witness

R. Kelly demanded that one of his accusers “sing like Aaliyah” — the late singer he famously married when she was just 15, a witness testified at the disgraced pop star’s federal sex trafficking trial Wednesday.

Testifying on the 20th anniversary of Aaliyah’s plane crash death, Malak Benabdallah said that her friend and Kelly accuser — identified as Jane Doe 5 in court — once texted her that he wanted her to sing like his underaged ex.

Witness Malak Benabdallah claimed Jane Doe #5 said R. Kelly wanted her to sing like Aaliyah.
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Keith Williams testified that R. Kelly wanted him to find a minister that would marry him and Aaliyah.
Keith Williams testified that R. Kelly wanted him to find a minister that would marry him and Aaliyah.
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“He has me singing and s–t,” Beabdallah recalled Doe’s text in 2015 as saying. “Seductive songs kind of like Aaliyah and s–t.”

The testimony comes during the second week of Kelly’s trial on nine counts of racketeering and violations of the federal Mann Act for allegedly warehousing and abusing underage girls for years.

R. Kelly married singer Aaliyah while she was still underage.
R. Kelly married singer Aaliyah while she was still underage.

Doe, who said Kelly, 54, first molested her when she was 17, spent three days on the witness stand this week and said the “I Believe I Can Fly” crooner told her he married Aaliyah in 1994 because she was pregnant and needed a spouse to get an abortion.

Her parents wouldn’t consent, she claimed he told her.

Aaliyah, famous for hits like “Are You That Somebody?”, died on Aug. 25, 2001 in a plane crash in the Bahamas.

On Thursday, Kelly pal Keith Williams also testified that he found the singer a minister to perform the illicit ceremony.

“He told me he wanted to marry Aaliyah,” Williams said, adding that Kelly asked him, “Do you know a minister?”

Doe also testified that Kelly had her and other girls he kept for sex write “collateral” letters — meant to implicate them and clear him if he were ever charged and brought to trial.

R. Kelly's marriage license.
R. Kelly’s marriage license.
R. Kelly and Aaaliyah's certificate of marriage.
R. Kelly and Aaliyah’s certificate of marriage.

In one letter, Doe said Kelly made her write him a letter saying, “if you don’t bring me back that d–k I’m going to tell everyone you were raping me.”

She said the fallen singer told her a lawyer in a prior case had advised him to get the letters from his “girlfriends” to give him cover if he were accused of molestation.

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Pfizer CEO says he expects COVID-19 vaccine trials for children aged 5-11 will wrap up as soon as September

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla says that he expects COVID-19 vaccine trials for children ages 5 to 11 will be completed in September.

On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for full use in people ages 16 years and older.

What are the details?

During a Monday interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt, Bourla said that Pfizer is running “very large studies right now” on children younger than 12 years old and anticipates that those studies will end in September, at which point the biopharmaceutical company will submit its data to the FDA for emergency use authorization.

According to the network, the company expects further data on toddlers and children up to 4 years old soon thereafter.

Dr. Peter Marks, the FDA’s director for its Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said that the trials continue and that the agency has to wait for Pfizer to submit the data from their trials in order to maintain a “good safety dataset.”

“[W]e certainly want to make sure that we get it right in the children ages 5 through 11 and then even younger children after that,” Marks said.

On Monday, Bourla said that he has high hopes that the FDA approval will encourage vaccine-hesitant to get inoculated against COVID-19.

“Based on the longer-term follow-up date that we submitted, today’s approval for those aged 16 and over affirms the efficacy and safety profile of our vaccine at a time when it is urgently needed,” Bourla said in response to the news. “I am hopeful this approval will help increase confidence in our vaccine, as vaccination remains the best tool we have to help protect lives and achieve herd immunity.”

What else?

Following the FDA’s Monday announcement, the American Academy of Pediatrics called for the agency to “work aggressively to authorize a vaccine for ages 11 and younger” as the highly contagious Delta variant wreaks havoc with the numbers of children being diagnosed with the coronavirus.

“The clinical trials for the COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 11 years old and younger are underway, and we need to see the data from those studies before we give this vaccine to younger children,” American Academy of Pediatrics President Lee Savio Beers said in a statement. “The dose may be different for younger ages. The AAP recommends against giving the vaccine to children under 12 until authorized by the FDA.”

Pfizer CEO Speaks On Full FDA Approval


Anything else?

Earlier this month, Bourla said that he believed that the vaccines for children within the 5-12 age group would be “very effective.”

“And they will also safe, but the studies are ongoing,” he added. “So we are waiting to finalize them so that we can properly analyze all the data, and then submit them again, I believe that we should be ready after summer to submit [to the FDA].”

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R. Kelly trial witness claims singer liked that she was 16, she kept his shirt

The first witness in the trial of R. Kelly took the witness stand Wednesday and told the court that the singing star once said “that’s good” when she told him she was a 16-year-old virgin — and that she kept a shirt that he had he used to clean himself after sex.

Jerhonda Pace, named in court as “Jane Doe No. 4,” testified that even though she told Kelly her age before they had sex, the pop star allegedly told her to keep telling people she was 19, and to act like she was 21.

Pace told the federal court she was an avid fan of the “Ignition” singer, attending hearings at his 2008 state child pornography trial as a supporter, and in a MySpace fan club.

She exchanged phone numbers with Kelly, and was invited to a party at his Illinois mansion in 2009, where she initially lied about her age and said she was 19, Pace testified.

Days later, Kelly, who was 42 at the time, invited her to come back alone, and told her to bring a bathing suit, she told the court.

The defendant told her to disrobe in his pool room and then “he grabbed me, picked me up, took me into his game room,” she testified. 

Kelly, now 54, then performed oral sex on the witness, but Pace said she “felt it wasn’t right,” and told him she was only 16 and presented an ID, according to the accuser’s testimony.

A courtroom sketch of Jerhonda Pace being shown the shirt she claims R. Kelly used to clean himself after they had sex.
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After Kelly brushed off the 26 year age difference, Pace said she then performed oral sex on him as he told her he would “train” her sexually, the woman said.

“He bent me over the back of his sofa and he took my virginity,” she said, adding Kelly told her “that’s good” when she said she had never had sex before.

After the alleged illicit encounter, Pace said she drank with the singer and later “felt unwell,” before lying down in a room with mirrors all over the walls and above a bed, she said. 

At 6 a.m., she texted Kelly that she wanted to leave, and an employee of the singer took her to a train station and gave her $50, Pace testified.

The accuser visited Kelly’s mansion several times over the next 6 months, and was forced to follow “the rules,” which included calling him “daddy,” according to her testimony.

During Pace’s last visit in January 2010, the accuser said Kelly became enraged at her because she was texting on her phone, and spit and slapped her in her face, then choked her until she passed out, she testified.

When she came to, he made her to perform oral sex on him, and he ejaculated in her face, she told the court.

Paces said that she kept Kelly's shirt from 2010 and didn't wash it.
Paces said that she kept Kelly’s shirt from 2010 and didn’t wash it.
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She wiped his semen off on her blue Aeropostale t-shirt, which she kept and later turned over to prosecutors, she testified. The shirt, which was never cleaned after the encounter, was entered into evidence Wednesday. It was not clear if prosecutors were able to get DNA evidence off the shirt.

Defense attorney Nicole Blank Becker specifically focused on Pace in her opening statements, claiming the then teenager was an admitted liar.

To call her a “groupie,” Blank Becker told the jury, “would be an understatement when it comes to Jane Doe No. 4.” 

“His music was everything to her. She was completely enveloped with her passion with R Kelly the singer.”

The defense lawyer said the accuser was one of many “fans” that “came to Mr. Kelly,” and would tell the court “a mess of lies.”

“They knew exactly what they were getting into. It was no secret Mr. Kelly had multiple girlfriends. He was quite transparent.”

R. Kelly's defense lawyers Nicole Becker and Thomas Farinella arriving at the trial in Brooklyn on August 18, 2021.
R. Kelly’s defense lawyers Nicole Becker and Thomas Farinella arriving at the trial in Brooklyn on August 18, 2021.
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Brooklyn Assistant US Attorney Maria Cruz Melendez countered the defense’s narrative in her opening statement.

“This case is not about a celebrity who likes to party a lot,” Cruz Melendez told the seven-man, five-woman jury.

“This case is about a predator who used his fame, popularity, and network to target, groom and exploit girls, boys and young women for his own sexual gratification.”

Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, faces nine counts of racketeering and violations of the Mann Act, which makes it a crime to transport “any woman or girl” across state lines for any “immoral purpose.”

He faces 10 years to life in prison if convicted.

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Robert Durst admits to writing note leading cops to body

Millionaire real estate heir Robert Durst has admitted publicly for the first time that he penned the incriminating “cadaver” note that directed cops to his best friend’s body — conceding it made it hard to believe he was not the murderer.

The eccentric 78-year-old heir for years has denied writing the note that played a pivotal “gotcha” moment at the conclusion of the HBO documentary series “The Jinx,” when producers proved the damning note was his writing.

He finally admitted in court Monday to being the author — saying he lied because he knew no one would believe that the person leading cops to Susan Berman’s body was not also her killer.

“I mean I have difficulty believing it myself,” Durst testified in his murder trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

“It’s very difficult to believe, to accept, that I wrote the letter and did not kill Susan Berman,” he said.

Durst was arrested for Berman’s murder soon after the HBO doc aired. Producers had confronted him with evidence seemingly confirming he was the note’s author, and then infamously recorded him muttering, “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.”

His decision to finally confess about the note is one of the few truths he has told, prosecutors complained.

“He has perjured himself probably 100 times and that’s not hyperbole,” Deputy District Attorney John Lewin said while jurors were out of the courtroom.

The body of Susan Berman was found after Robert Durst mailed a note to police that read “CADAVER” and included her address in Beverly Hills.
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Prosecutors have alleged that Durst silenced Berman in December 2000 before she could tell New York investigators how she provided a false alibi when the heir’s ex-wife, Kathie Durst, vanished in Westchester in 1982.

Durst has denied killing his first wife and has never been charged with a crime connected with her disappearance. Her body has never been found, but she has been legally declared dead.

During his testimony, however, Durst insisted that he merely stumbled across the already murdered body of Berman, his longtime pal who served as a spokeswoman when his wife went missing.

“I did a double take when I saw Susan,” he said as he detailed allegedly finding her dead on a bedroom floor during a planned visit at her Los Angeles home a few days before Christmas 2000.

“I put my hand over her face … to see if she was breathing, to see if I felt breath. It felt cold. Then I grabbed her by her arms … her head just hung down,” he said, displaying no emotion.

He said he fled the house because he feared he would be a suspect if found inside — and then hung up on a 911 call from a pay phone near Sunset Boulevard because he feared his voice was too distinctive.

Robert Durst
While he admitted to writing the “cadaver” note, Robert Durst still insists he “did not kill Susan Berman.”
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A photo of Robert Durst and former wife Kathie McCormack is shown during his murder trial at the Inglewood Courthouse on August 9, 2021.
A photo of Robert Durst and former wife Kathie McCormack is shown during his murder trial at the Inglewood Courthouse on August 9, 2021.
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Instead, he mailed a note to police that simply said, “CADAVER” and included Berman’s address — misspelling Beverly Hills as “Beverley,” a key fact used in the HBO gotcha.

Durst — who has bladder cancer — denied that Berman, who was in financial trouble and had been supported by him over the years, had been blackmailing him.

“Someone must have had a reason, a motive, whatever, to kill Susan Berman,” he said. “I had no reason to kill Susan Berman.”

Following Berman’s death, Durst drove north about eight hours to the San Francisco airport, where he left his car at the curb — with the motor possibly still running.

When asked about his state of mind, he didn’t mention mourning the loss of his longtime friend.

“I was trying to decide if anyone would believe I had killed Susan Berman,” he said.

Durst then lived in a boarding house in Galveston, Texas, hiding there disguised as a mute woman.

About nine months after Berman’s killing, Durst killed his neighbor Morris Black, with police and prosecutors previously saying it was after Black discovered his true identity.

Durst was later acquitted of murder after testifying he shot Black in self-defense during a struggle for a gun. He was convicted of destroying evidence for chopping up Black’s body and tossing it out to sea.

Durst’s defense lawyers re-enacted the scene of the fatal gunfight, wrestling on the floor in their suits and ties, eliciting laughter from the courtroom despite the deadly serious topic.

“That’s a full-service law firm,” Durst said, prompting more laughter.

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Robert Durst takes stand to deny he killed his Susan Berman

Former New York real estate heir Robert Durst took the stand in his first-degree murder trial Monday and flatly denied murdering his close friend Susan Berman more than two decades ago.

“No,” Durst answered in response to the direct question from defense attorney Dick DeGuerin: “Did you kill Susan Berman?”

When DeGuerin asked his client if he knew who murdered Berman in her Los Angeles home in December 2000, Durst replied “no” once again.

Prosecutors say Durst, now 78, shot Berman execution-style in order to prevent her from incriminating him in the 1982 disappearance of his first wife, Kathie. Durst’s legal team has said that he found Berman’s body, panicked and fled to Texas, sending a letter to police that read “CADAVER” with his friend’s address.

The ailing Durst struggled to hear both the clerk when he was sworn in and DeGuerin as he asked questions, using a tablet that showed a live transcription to help him understand. He also struggled to hear the prosecution’s objections and the judge’s rulings. He frequently spoke after he was told to stop.

Durst is accused of killing his friend Susan Berman in 2000.
Durst is accused of killing his friend Susan Berman in 2000.
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Durst and Berman, the daughter of a Las Vegas mobster, met in the late 1960s, when both attended graduate school at UCLA.

“We both had trust funds,” said Durst, who recalled that the two bonded over their wealth and tragedy-hit childhoods. Both of Berman’s parents had died about a decade before she met Durst, while his mother had jumped or fallen from the roof of his family’s Scarsdale home when he was just 7 years old. Durst added that despite the close friendship, he and Berman were never lovers.

Prosecutors claimed Durst killed Berman to cover up the 1982 disappearance of his wife  Kathleen McCormack.
Prosecutors claimed Durst killed Berman to cover up the 1982 disappearance of his wife Kathleen McCormack.

Durst, who suffers from bladder cancer and several other ailments that he listed from the stand, wore the brown jail attire he’s had on in court for the past few weeks of the trial. His attorneys said he’s been unable to stand to put on a suit.

Prosecutors rested their case against Durst last week. They had been allowed to present evidence that Durst murdered both his first wife and his Texas neighbor Morris Black in 2001.

Kathie Durst’s body was never found, but she has been declared legally dead. Durst has never been charged in connection with her disappearance, and has denied having anything to do with it.

A Texas jury acquitted Durst of murdering Black in 2003. During that trial, Durst testified that he had killed Black in self-defense after he entered Durst’s home with a gun. Durst described dismembering and disposing of Black’s body on the stand and later pleaded guilty in December 2004 to two counts of bail jumping and one count of evidence tampering. He was released from prison in 2006.

The latest chapter in Durt’s lengthy legal saga began with the 2015 HBO docu-series “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst” — the final scene of which featured Durst saying on a hot mic: “Killed them all, of course.”

Durst was arrested in Berman’s murder in March 2015, the day before the final episode of “The Jinx” aired. A search of his New Orleans hotel room by FBI agents turned up a .38 caliber revolver, a mask, and more than $40,000 in cash. Durst pleaded guilty in April 2016 to being a felon in possession of a firearm and was sentenced to 85 months in federal prison.

In 2016, Durst was extradited to California the following year and a Los Angeles judge ruled in 2018 there was enough evidence for Durst to be tried on the first-degree murder charge. However, the trial did not actually begin until March 2020, when it was almost immediately paused until May of this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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