Robert Durst remains in New Orleans, hearing set for Monday

Robert Durst remains in New Orleans, hearing set for Monday
Durst's attorney, Dick DeGuerin
Durst's attorney, Dick DeGuerin

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Robert Durst, a wealthy heir and the subject of HBO's "The Jinx," will be detained in New Orleans at least until Monday.

Durst, 71, hobbled through the court room Tuesday, shackled by chains as prosecutors asked the magistrate judge to detain him temporarily while they gather arrest documents from across the country to prove whether or not the wealthy eccentric is a flight risk.

It was his second appearance in court this week. Durst faces murder charges in California, but stood before a magistrate judge Tuesday for drug and gun charges connected to the search of his New Orleans hotel room.

On Monday, Durst agreed to be extradited to California to face a murder charge. Charges have been filed against Durst for his alleged involvement in the 2000 murder of Susan Berman in Los Angeles.

It was around 11 p.m. Saturday when law enforcement found Durst at the Marriott Hotel on Canal Street. Durst was reportedly using an assumed name when he checked in.

According to the arrest report, he was found to be in possession of a Smith and Wesson .38-caliber revolver and at least 146 grams of marijuana when he was picked up on the warrant.

The multi-millionaire has also been suspected, but never charged, in the disappearance of his wife in New York. He was found not guilty in the dismemberment death of his Texas neighbor after claiming self defense.

He' s currently in custody on a first-degree murder warrant from Los Angeles for allegedly shooting and killing Susan Berman. Berman was a writer and friend of Durst. She also acted as his spokesperson after his wife's disappearance.

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's attorney, Dick DeGuerin, says he's frustrated with law enforcement in New Orleans.

"Let me just say, we came here to waive extradition and come back to California and get it on," says DeGuerin.

Durst will stay in jail until at least Monday when a judge will decide on his bond. DeGuerin says Durst did not kill anyone and is ready to clear his name.

The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office has filed an appeal of a Magistrate Court judge's ruling. Inmate Robert Durst was scheduled to be transferred for medical reasons. A Fourth-Circuit Court of Appeals judge later overturned the Magistrate Court Judge's ruling, allowing Durst to be transferred to the Acute Mental Health Facility at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel, La.

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