Trial ordered for Robert Durst in slaying of friend in L.A.

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The 75-year-old multimillionaire from Scarsdale will be tried for the point-blank shooting of Susan Berman at her home in 2000. The 75-year-old multimillionaire from Scarsdale will be tried for the point-blank shooting of Susan Berman at her home in 2000.

Robert Durst, the New York real estate heir who was the subject of a television documentary series, was ordered Thursday to stand trial for the murder of his close friend in Los Angeles 18 years ago.

Durst is charged with one count of murder in the death of Susan Berman. The 75-year-old denies any involvement.

The real estate heir apparently implicated himself in the murder of three people while filming the HBO documentary series, “The Jinx.”

VIDEO: Phone interview with author of book about Robert Durst

Durst earned his high school diploma at Scarsdale High School where fellow classmates described him as a loner. He graduated in 1961, then went on to Lehigh University, and then California where he met his wife. She later vanished without a trace.

Kathie Durst has not been seen since leaving their North Salem home in 1982. Authorities believe Susan Berman knew about what happened to her, so Robert killed her to protect his dark secret.

Durst is being held without bail at the Twin Towers Jail in Los Angeles. His trial is expected to take place sometime next year.

AP Wire Services were used in this report

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