Robert Durst, the subject of HBO's true-crime miniseries 'The Jinx', is set to stand trial for the murder of writer Susan Berman.
The judge's ruling yesterday means that there is sufficient evidence to bring forward a case. Durst - who is now 75 - will now have to face questions in a court of law for the shooting of Susan Berman at her home in California.
Durst was arrested in 2015 and charged with first-degree murder, the day before the HBO series finale aired in the US. The television series followed Durst's life and the suspicious deaths of his wife, Susan Berman and Morris Black, and was instrumental in bringing Durst's alleged crimes to light and prompted a fresh criminal investigation into the deaths.
Superior Court Judge Mark E. Windham specifically cited comments Durst mumbled during filming of the HBO series and two handwriting samples in his decision to move forward to trial. The judge also ruled that prosecutors could allege a special circumstance, that Durst killed Berman as a witness to a previous crime.
The case ruled upon today will focus in on the prevailing theory that Durst murdered Berman in order to keep silent her knowledge of the alleged murder of Durst's first wife. Durst, who was an heir to a property fortune, has denied all charges.
No start date has been set for the trial.