Scarsdale native set to go on trial in Texas for murder

The murder trial of a NY real estate heir who grew up in Scarsdale is set for August 26.

Robert Durst, the cross-dressing heir to a New York real estate fortune, is accused of murdering and dismembering the body of his elderly neighbor in Galveston, Texas in September of 2001.

Durst is also wanted in connection with several other murders. Police in Northern California reportedly believe the sketch of a man wanted in the disappearance of a 16-year-old girl back in 1997 in Eureka, California may be Durst. And in San Francisco, police are apparently looking at a connection between Durst and the vanishing of an 18-year-old in 1997. Durst is also considered the prime suspect in his wife, Kathleen's, disappearance 20 years ago from the couple's cottage in South Salem. His wife's body has never been found and he has never been charged in the case. In addition, Durst is the prime suspect in the execution style death of his best friend, Los Angeles novelist Susan Berman.

Jury selection for the Durst murder trial is underway. Durst pleaded not guilty by reason of self-defense or accident in the death of his neighbor.

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