Robert Durst, the hyper-wealthy real estate scion suspected of three murders who became the subject of HBO's documentary mini-series The Jinx, is being described as a "menace to society" by prosecutors who are hoping to protect the identity of certain "secret" witnesses out of fear that Durst may arrange to have them murdered.
According to the New York Daily News, files from the current trial suggest that Durst has "... immense financial resources at his disposal, and the idea that he does not have the wherewithal to intimidate, buy off or attempt to have witnesses killed who possess inculpatory evidence because he is 'old,' 'frail' or in custody is ludicrous." Because of this, prosecutors want certain witnesses to remain unidentified until they testify.
The new claims are in direct response to the defense's statements that characterize Durst as harmless.
Lawyers are citing a specific incident as evidence of Durst's threatening behavior: after an encounter with a security guard at a Pennsylvania convinience store, Durst attempted to retrieve an ID and some cash from his car. Some now suspect that he was actually attempting to get his gun.
Durst is currently serving time for the illegal possession of a firearm.
A hearing on the subject is scheduled for January 6th.
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