Scarsdale millionaire Robert Durst found not guilty of murdering man in Texas
A jury has found Scarsdale millionaire Robert Durst not guilty of murdering his neighbor in Texas.
The 60-year-old cross-dressing real estate heir was charged with murdering and dismembering his 71-year-old neighbor Morris Black back in September 2001. Prosecutors had said Durst then threw Black's body parts into the Galveston Bay.
Throughout the six-week trial, Durst admitted he killed Black but maintained the incident was self-defense. He claimed he was the one in fear for his life because Black had a gun. Durst's attorneys also argued that he panicked and disposed of the body because of an ongoing investigation by Westchester District Attorney Jeanine Pirro into his first wife Kathy's disappearance in South Salem 21 years ago.
Jurors deliberated for more than four days. Durst had been facing up to 99 years in prison.
Durst remains behind bars in Texas awaiting a second trial on a bail jumping charge.
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