Monday extradition hearing for eccentric millionaire, subject of HBO documentary

Monday extradition hearing for eccentric millionaire, subject of HBO documentary
(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan). Aug. 15, 2014 file photo
(AP Photo/Pat Sullivan). Aug. 15, 2014 file photo

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Robert Durst sat quietly in a glass booth, away from the other inmates in court for their first appearances. Wearing an orange Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office jumpsuit and handcuffs, the millionaire stood before a judge to waive extradition. Magistrate Judge Harry Cantrell signed off on the waiver and Durst will head back to California to face a first-degree murder charge.

But he may not be leaving Orleans Parish Prison right away.

A gist sheet written by a Louisiana State Police trooper says when Durst was arrested at the J.W. Marriott in downtown New Orleans Saturday night, he was found in possession of a .38 caliber revolver. Durst previously plead guilty to evidence tampering and bond jumping, and the felony conviction means he's not allowed to have a gun. Local authorities are considering possible charges here related to Durst's arrest.

Dick DeGuerin, an attorney for Durst based in Texas, made a brief statement after Monday's court hearing. "We came here to waive jurisdiction and to go back to California and to get it on. Bob Durst didn't kill Susan Berman. He's ready to end all the rumor and speculation and have a trial but we're frustrated because the local authorities are considering filing charges on him here and holding him here. We're ready to go to California and to have a trial."

Durst's attorneys said in court he had been able to receive most of his medications in Orleans Parish Prison but asked that he also be given prescribed pain medicine. They said he had recently undergone neurosurgery.

Durst, a New York real estate heir and subject of the HBO series "The Jinx,", was arrested in New Orleans over the weekend.

The documentary explored the 71-year old'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.

Durst was arrested Saturday night in the J.W. Marriott hotel on the warrant, which was issued by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Durst was arrested for the December 2000 murder of Susan Berman, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Berman's body was discovered in her West Los Angeles home on Christmas Eve 2000. Since that time, officers with the LAPD's Robbery Homicide Division have been conducting an investigation into her death.

Police say additional evidence recently came to light and investigators have identified Robert Durst as the person responsible for her death. Durst was previously questioned in her murder, but not charged.

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.

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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