By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The murder trial for former real estate scion Robert Durst – already previously delayed by the coronavirus emergency – was postponed again Friday until next April.

Durst, 77, is charged with murder in the December 2000 shooting death of longtime friend Susan Berman, at her Benedict Canyon home.

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Deputy District Attorney John Lewin, the lead prosecutor in the case, asked the defense at a July 17 hearing to consider whether there should be a recess in the trial until mid-April or whether the judge could hear the case without a jury.

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Real estate heir Robert Durst looks on during his murder trial on March 10, 2020 in Los Angeles, Calif. Millionaire Robert Durst is accused of murdering his friend and long-time confidante Susan Berman in 2000. Prosecutors have built their case around evidence from the HBO documentary “The Jinx.” which helped lead to Durst’s arrest. (Photo by Alex Gallardo-Pool/Getty Images)

Citing concerns about health risks to participants and delays that could impact jurors’ recollection of evidence in the case, met with Durst to discuss the proposals before a decision was reached on how to proceed.

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Most Los Angeles County courthouses have been closed since March.