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Lawyer for Kathie Durst’s family reports judge to state commission

Bob Abrams claims she won’t investigate a potential conflict of interest
April 14, 2017 12:34PM

Kathleen and Robert Durst

The Surrogate Court judge overseeing the estate case for Robert Durst’s first wife Kathie could face an investigation from the state commission on Judicial Conduct.

The lawyer acting for Kathie Durst’s sister, Bob Abrams, claims the judge won’t examine a potential conflict of interest, according to the New York Post. Abrams wrote to the commission this week to report Judge Nora Anderson over her decision to appoint lawyer Charles Capetanakis to protect Kathie’s interests in a hearing to have her declared dead.

Last month, Capetanakis released a report that recommended Kathie’s date of death be Jan. 31, 1987, which is five years after her 1982 disappearance. Robert Durst’s attorneys, according to the newspaper, wanted the same date.

Judge Anderson last week ruled Kathie died in 1982.

However, Abrams contends that Capetanakis is connected to one of Robert Durst’s attorneys, Stephen Holm. According to Abram’s letter to the commission, Holm runs a foundation with Robert’s second wife, Debrah Lee Charatan.

Kathie Durst’s siblings want to launch a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Robert, whom they believe killed her. Robert has never been charged in connection to her disappearance, but he is still the only suspect in the case. In 2015, HBO docu-drama “the Jinx” showed Robert muttering what appeared to be a murder confession.

The former heir to the Durst family fortune is serving a seven-year prison sentence for possessing a firearm, and is facing trial in Los Angeles for killing his friend Susan Berman [NYP]Miriam Hall