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Robert Durst's murder trial has been postponed until April 2021

July 31, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A Los Angeles judge on Friday ordered the murder trial of real estate tycoon Robert Durst be postponed -- again -- until next year.

(CNN)A Los Angeles judge on Friday ordered the murder trial of real estate tycoon Robert Durst be postponed -- again -- until next year.

Durst, 77, was not in the courtroom when L. A. County Superior Court Judge Mark Windham announced that the prosecution and defense team had agreed to the lengthy postponement.

Durst is accused of killing his close friend and confidante Susan Berman to allegedly stop her from incriminating him in the 1982 disappearance of his first wife, Kathleen McCormack.

In June, Durst's attorney, David Chesnoff, argued for a "fresh start," saying a new jury should be picked due to concerns over jurors being able to accurately recall prior testimony and their exposure to outside influences during the trial's break.

Durst has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and has denied that he killed Berman, though a defense attorney conceded during opening arguments in March that Durst found her body, panicked and ran.

The day she died, Berman was scheduled to talk to police about Durst's first wife, Kathleen McCormack Durst, who disappeared in 1982 and whose body has never been found.

Prosecutors allege that Durst killed Berman to keep her from incriminating him.

Durst has repeatedly said he had nothing to do with his wife's disappearance.

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