Robert Durst's Attorney on Confession: We All Say Things Under Our Breath That We "Probably Didn't Mean"
Off-camera Durst can be heard talking to himself, saying: "What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course."
Robert Durst's attorney attempted to explain what his client was thinking during the final moments of HBO's documentary series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst on Sunday night when he appeared to make an off-camera murder confession.
In audio that played in the show's final moments, Durst asked to use the bathroom. He remained miked, however, and off-camera can be heard talking to himself, saying: "What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course." The episode aired only a day after Durst was arrested in New Orleans over a first-degree murder warrant from the County of Los Angeles for the December 2000 murder of his friend Susan Berman.
Durst has been suspected of killing Berman and his wife Kathleen Durst, who disappeared in 1982. He went on trial for the 2001 murder of neighbor Morris Black, whom Durst admitted to dismembering, but claimed he killed Morris in self-defense.
On Sunday night, Durst's attorney Chip Lewis appeared on a special edition of Fox News Channel's Justice With Judge Jeanine, where he was grilled about the off-camera admission.
"My overarching thoughts are, I was a bit underwhelmed, given the lead-up and the build-up to this new development," he said.
Lewis then went on to day: "You've said things under your breath that you probably didn't mean."
When Jeanine Pirro said, "Chip, the guy admitted on television he killed three people," Lewis replied: "I mean, L.A. County has got the case. We'll address those facts in the courtroom. But generally speaking I was underwhelmed, honestly, Judge."
He added that Durst will not fight extradition and that he and his client are "eager to get to Los Angeles, find out if there really is any new evidence other than the mutterings in a bathroom."
Pirro also welcomed a panel of experts in the investigation, including Cody Cazalas, the homicide detective who led the murder investigation in Galveston, Texas, who also reacted to the admission.
"I am not surprised because I've always felt like he was responsible for these three deaths but to hear him actually say it out loud, I was shocked," Cazalas responded.
Kathleen Durst's brother, Jim McCormack added: "I wasn't, say, as much shocked as finally vindicated for the years and years of pursuing the truth. I knew [Bob] when he was in love with Kathy. I knew him when Kathy was in love with him, how that degraded over time kind of a separate drama. But the bottom line with Bob ... it's kind of like the flight or fight syndrome. He would always fight if he knew he had a good bank account behind him. This time around he knew flight was his only option. And he was trying to get out of this country in a big way when the FBI arrested him. And I was so happy to see that happen."
Cazalas also noted that an another episode, "[Durst] says, you know, they think I killed my first wife Kathleen, they think I killed my best friend, they think I killed my neighbor. And a whole slew of others. … As far as I know, there hasn't been any speculation about a whole slew of others. … But when he said, I killed them all, is he talking about the three that we are talking about tonight, or are there even more?"
Also appearing on Pirro's show was former LAPD homicide detective Mark Fuhrman, who said that the off-camera admission was "highly incriminating" and likely won't be thrown out in court.
"I think that the statement is going to come in," he said. "I think it was an unsolicited, spontaneous statement. He is wearing a hot wire. He has been notified it’s a hot wire before. It is being recorded, and he knows it. That is specifically why he is there. I don't think it made a difference if he went into a bathroom or any other room. He knows he’s being wired. And I think the statement will come in, and I think it’s highly incriminating."