Published Nov 07, 2016Robert Durst, the subject of hit HBO true crime series The Jinx, pleaded not guilty to murder today (November 7) for the execution-style killing of his friend Susan Berman. The eccentric New York real estate icon made his first court appearance to face the murder charge in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Now 73, Durst entered the courtroom this afternoon in a wheelchair and wore a neck brace, the L.A. Times reports.
"I do want to say here and now though I am not guilty," he reportedly said in a hoarse voice. "I did not kill Susan Berman."
As director Andrew Jarecki explored in his 2015 HBO documentary series, Durst is accused of killing Berman in 2000 due to her allegedly being able to connect him to a crime involving the 1982 disappearance of Durst's wife Kathie.
In the series, Durst famously could be found saying, "Killed 'em all, of course."
Durst was arrested last year in connection with Berman's death. When found at a New Orleans hotel, he was in the possession of a firearm and marijuana. He was sentenced to seven years and one month in prison on weapons charges in New Orleans. He was then transferred to L.A. to face the murder charge of Berman.
Durst will be held in custody until his next scheduled court appearance. The trial will most likely begin a year from now, according to officials.