NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - New court documents reveal the reasons why authorities think millionaire Robert Durst was getting ready to flee the country. Money, drugs and a loaded gun are just some of the discoveries police made when they arrested Durst over the weekend at a downtown New Orleans hotel.
FOX 8 obtained a copy of the search warrant signed by a judge in Harris County, Texas on Tuesday from our partners at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune.
It allowed authorities to enter Robert Durst's Houston apartment as they looked for evidence, something that could tie him to the 2000 murder of his friend, Susan Berman, for which he's wanted in Los Angeles. They seized CDs, bank cards and cell phones. The search warrant also details what authorities found in the J.W. Marriott hotel in New Orleans over the weekend. It says Durst checked into the hotel under the name "Everette Ward." He had a Texas ID with the same name. A latex mask, $42,000 - mostly in $100 bills packed in small envelopes - and a piece of paper which read "UPS" and a series of numbers. Durst advised it was a tracking number for a shipment of a large sum of cash.
"Their first conclusion would probably be he's looking to run," said FOX 8 legal analyst Joseph Raspanti.
Also found in Durst's hotel room at the time of his arrest, according to court records, more than 5 ounces of marijuana and a loaded .38-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver.
Raspanti explains, "He's got two possible charges. One, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, which has a mandatory minimum of 10 to 30 years I believe."
Possession of marijuana is the other charge Durst could face. Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro says his office is still weighing whether or not it'll pursue the charges. "If we believe we have a prosecutable case, then we'll sort of sit down and talk to the people in California to decide whether or not the charges will be prosecuted in Louisiana, or we will defer the prosecution to the murder charge in the state of California," Cannizzaro said.
Durst is the subject of an HBO documentary "The Jinx," which details his connection to the disappearance of his first wife, Kathie, and the murder of Berman. Investigators suspect Durst killed Berman because she knew what happened to Kathie. In the final episode, which aired Sunday night, Durst was caught saying "What did I do? Kill them all of course."
On Monday morning, Durst will make another appearance before a magistrate judge in New Orleans for a bond hearing on the drug and weapon charges. Eventually, he'll be extradited back to California to face a murder charge.
The search warrant also revealed that Durst is worth about $100 million and has been withdrawing large sums of money from his bank accounts since October of last year.