Real estate heir accused of urinating on candy at pharmacy

By Amanda Perez, Robert Arnold - Investigative Reporter, Phil Archer - Reporter

HOUSTON - The Houston Police Department has released new details regarding a bizarre incident involving a local real estate heir.

Robert Durst, once acquitted of murder in Galveston County, is now accused of urinating on a rack of candy at a Houston drug store.

Houston police were called to a CVS in the 6000 block of Kirby Drive around 12:15 p.m. Sunday.

The manager reported that a man, who he recognized a regular customer, had exposed himself and then urinated on a cash register and candy before walking away from the store.

Police responded but Durst was gone by the time officers arrived at the scene. Police say they identified Durst after reviewing surveillance video.

The manager of the CVS told investigators before Sunday's incident Durst picked up a prescription and made a purchase. The manager said Durst didn't seem agitated and there was no argument.

"I can only speculate as to what may have led to such an unusual event. The allegation itself is unusual," Durst's attorney Chip Lewis said Tuesday.

Durst is charged with criminal mischief, a Class B misdemeanor, but he has not been arrested.

Lewis says Durst will post bond as soon as the charge is entered into the county court system.

"If the allegations are true, Bob's going to have to take responsibility," Lewis said. "If there's an explanation, if there was something, a medical event, something going on, I'm sure the reasonable people at the Harris County D.A. Office and I can get to the bottom of it."

Customers arriving at the pharmacy Tuesday morning found workmen taking out the candy counter and sanitizing the area around it.

It's the latest twist in the strange saga of the multi-million dollars real estate mogul. Durst made international headlines during his murder trial in 2003 when he was accused of shooting and killing his neighbor, Morris Black, dismembering Black's body, and then throwing his body parts into Galveston Bay.

At the time, Durst was dressing as a woman and living at a Galveston boarding house, despite his sizable wealth.

Durst admitted to killing Black, but claimed it was done in self-defense. A Galveston County jury acquitted Durst on murder charges.

However, Durst was sentenced to five years in prison on evidence tampering and bond jumping charges related to the case.

Durst was rearrested in 2005 for a parole violation when he was spotted near the Galveston boarding house where the killing occurred.

Durst was questioned about the disappearance of his first wife in 1980, and about the death of a woman friend found murdered in California in 2000. He was not charged with any crime in those cases.

His attorney says Durst suffers from Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism, and that the 71-year-old multi-millionaire has had health issues in recent years.

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