Subject of HBO documentary arrested in New Orleans for murder

Subject of HBO documentary arrested in New Orleans for murder

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The focus of an HBO documentary is arrested in New Orleans for murder. Robert Durst's arrest is garnering national media attention, as the New York real estate heir sits in Orleans Parish Prison.

The website for the documentary on HBO called "The Jinx" features a promo for the series finale. The documentary explores 71-year-old Robert Durst's connections to the disappearance of his first wife, Kathie, the murder of his friend, Susan Berman, and the murder of a neighbor in Galveston, Texas named Morris Black. It may have been Durst's involvement in the show, which led to his arrest Saturday afternoon. FBI agents picked up the eccentric millionaire at the J.W. Marriott hotel in downtown New Orleans. The Los Angeles Police Department secured an arrest warrant for the 2000 murder of Susan Berman after the department says new evidence came to light in the past year.

Durst appeared before a magistrate judge at Orleans Parish Criminal Court Sunday morning. He's now being held at Orleans Parish Prison without bond. He'll make another appearance at criminal court Monday morning for an extradition hearing.

Durst's Houston-based attorney Chip Lewis says he'll waive extradition.

New Orleans attorney Tom Shlosman, isn't representing Durst, but explains how the process will work, saying, "They'll have a 30-day time period in which they'll have to come and get Mr. Durst and bring him to California."

Shlosman says despite his notoriety, Durst shouldn't expect any special treatment while at OPP. "He would have to have somebody on his behalf make special arrangements to have him, and very likely a court order to have him placed in a special tier at OPP," Shlosman explained.

Durst had long been suspected but never charged with the disappearance of his first wife Kathie, and the murder of Susan Berman. The documentary explored investigators' suspicions that Berman was killed because she knew what happened to Kathie Durst.

Shlosman believes, everything viewers watched on TV, can be re-played in a courtroom. Those statements that he gave in the documentary those will able to be admitted into his trial," Shlosman said.

Robert Durst was charged with the murder of Morris Black in Galveston, back in 2003. He went on trial but was found not guilty. He claimed self defense.

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