Jury deliberations begin in the Robert Durst murder trial
The jury of eight women and four men began deliberating Wednesday afternoon after attorneys spent several hours wrapping up nearly six weeks of testimony in closing arguments.
The 60-year-old cross-dressing real estate heir from Scarsdale is charged with murdering and dismembering his 71-year-old neighbor Morris Black in Texas. Prosecutors say Durst then threw Black's body parts into the Galveston Bay. While on the stand, Durst told the jury it wasn't murder, and it was all an accident.
Throughout the six-week trial, Durst maintained the incident was self-defense. He admits he killed Black and cut his body into pieces but claims 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.
Now a jury must decide whether Durst intentionally killed his neighbor or acted in self-defense. Durst is faces up to 99 years in prison if convicted.
The jury deliberated for more than an hour Wednesday and will continue deliberations on Thursday.