By TERRI VERMEULEN KEITH | City News Service

INGLEWOOD — Jurors were handed the murder case Tuesday against New York real estate scion Robert Durst, who is charged with the execution-style killing of a longtime friend in her home in the Benedict Canyon area of Los Angeles nearly 21 years ago.

Superior Court Judge Mark Windham turned the case over to the jury shortly after noon following 3 1/2 days of closing arguments by attorneys from both sides.

The panel heard last from Deputy District Attorney John Lewin, who told the jury that there was a “mountain of evidence” and that it is time for Durst to be “held accountable.”

Durst, 78, is charged with murder for Susan Berman’s execution-style December 2000 slaying.

The murder charge includes the special circumstance allegations of murder while lying in wait and murder of a witness.

Robert Durst looks at jurors walking into the courtroom as he appears in a courtroom in Inglewood, Calif. on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021. Robert Durst is a champion at running from responsibility, covering his tracks with lies so numerous he couldn’t keep them all straight, a prosecutor said Wednesday during closing arguments in the New York real estate heir’s murder trial. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)

Deputy District Attorney Habib A. Balian holds a rubber latex mask, worn by Robert Durst when police arrested him, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 in Inglewood, Calif. Robert Durst is a champion at running from responsibility, covering his tracks with lies so numerous he couldn’t keep them all straight, a prosecutor said Wednesday during closing arguments in the New York real estate heir’s murder trial. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)

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Superior Court Judge Mark Windham listens as Deputy District Attorney Habib A. Balian begins the first closing arguments before the jury in the Robert Durst trial for murder at the Inglewood Courthouse on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 in Inglewood, Calif. Robert Durst is a champion at running from responsibility, covering his tracks with lies so numerous he couldn’t keep them all straight, a prosecutor said Wednesday during closing arguments in the New York real estate heir’s murder trial. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)

Robert Durst listens in his wheelchair as his co-defense attorney David Chesnoff argues a point before closing arguments at the Inglewood Courthouse in Inglewood, Calif. on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, Robert Durst is a champion at running from responsibility, covering his tracks with lies so numerous he couldn’t keep them all straight, a prosecutor said Wednesday during closing arguments in the New York real estate heir’s murder trial. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)

Deputy District Attorney Habib A. Balian, begins closing arguments at the Inglewood Courthouse on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 in Inglewood, Calif. Robert Durst is a champion at running from responsibility, covering his tracks with lies so numerous he couldn’t keep them all straight, a prosecutor said Wednesday during closing arguments in the New York real estate heir’s murder trial. …read more

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