New York prosecutors will seek to bring charges against Durst over the disappearance of the first wife
New York prosecutors will seek criminal charges against Robert Durst in connection with the 1982 disappearance of his first wife, Cathy McCormack, according to a person familiar with the investigation.
The Westchester County District Attorney’s office will hold a grand jury within the next few weeks to consider the charges against the 78-year-old, Who was convicted of murder in Los Angeles last month, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter with the media.
During a five-month trial in Englewood, Los Angeles County prosecutors repeatedly invoked McCormack’s disappearance as the motive behind Durst’s decision to shoot his best friend, Susan Berman, inside her home Benedict Canyon in 2000. Police have long believed Durst murdered McCormack in 1982 and that Berman made a phone call that obscured the timeline of her disappearance.
The Westchester County District Attorney’s office and Dorset’s chief defense attorney, Dick DeGren, did not immediately respond to requests for comment Friday. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office declined to comment. The grand jury meeting was first reported by News 12 in Westchester, and later by the New York Daily News.
Westchester County ATE. Miriam Roach reopened her office’s investigation into McCormack’s disappearance when she took office in 2021, publicly praising prosecutors for winning a conviction against Durst in Los Angeles last month. Other than that, she hasn’t said much publicly about the case.
Durst is scheduled to be sentenced for the Berman murder on October 14. Because the Los Angeles jury upheld the Special Circumstances’ allegations that Durst killed Berman because she was a witness to another crime, he can only be sentenced to life in prison without parole or death under California. Law. Los Angeles County prosecutors chose not to seek the death penalty against Durst, so he must face life in prison.
The grand jury meeting is the latest development in a four-decade legal saga that has seen Durst face two criminal trials after being linked to three separate deaths and disappearances in New York, California and Texas.
Durst was arrested for the Berman murder in 2015, but it took nearly six years for him to stand trial. Over the course of 11 weeks, prosecutors accurately presented their case against Durst, claiming he shot Berman to cover up his wife’s death 19 years earlier. By his own admission, Dorset McCormack has abused him both physically and emotionally. Prosecutors argued that Durst murdered his wife in 1982 inside their home in South Salem, Westchester County.
The next day, a woman called a dean at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Manhattan, where McCormack was studying to become a doctor. The caller identified herself as McCormack and told the Dean that she was too ill to show up to class. The prosecution argued that this caller was Berman.
Meanwhile, Durst made payphone calls in Sheep Bottom, New Jersey, a beach town near the state’s Pine Barrens forest, where prosecutors believe he disposed of McCormack’s body.
Durst has long denied having any role in his wife’s disappearance or Berman’s murder. During 15 days of sensational testimony during his trial in Los Angeles this year, Durst said he discovered Berman’s body and alerted authorities to her death.