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Robert Durst acquitted in trespassing trial

A judge did put the estranged real estate scion "on notice" to stay away from his family members
December 12, 2014 08:35AM

Infamous real estate scion Robert Durst found himself in a courtroom again this week. And, again, the estranged Durst brother walked out a free man, acquitted of the alleged crime.

Durst’s trespassing trial kicked off this week in Manhattan Criminal Court. Prosecutors claimed that Durst, 71, violated a restraining order from 2012 when he allegedly visited the homes of his brother and another family member last year.

“I’m not spending my time running around 43rd Street wanting to shoot my brother,” Durst told reporters outside the courtroom this week, according to the New York Times.

The judge also vacated 13 orders of protection that other family members obtained, according to the newspaper. Still, the judge said that Durst was “on notice” to stay away from his family’s properties. The Durst family is “fearful” of Robert and have hired body guards for protection, the newspaper reported also.

In July of this year, Durst — brother of Durst Organization chairman Douglas Durst — was arrested after allegedly urinating on a cash register in a CVS in Houston.

In the early 2000s, Durst was acquitted of murdering his elderly neighbor in Galveston, Texas, after it was ruled an act of self defense. Durst admitted to cutting the man’s body up in pieces and dumping those in the Galveston Bay. Durst will soon be the topic of a new six-part HBO documentary called “The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.” [NYT]Claire Moses