NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Millionaire real estate heir Robert Durst will appear in criminal court Monday morning for a bond hearing, after his arrest in New Orleans last weekend. Durst's case isn't the only high profile one keeping the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office busy this week.
Former Saint Darren Sharper is expected to enter a guilty plea Monday in Los Angeles to the rape and drug charges he faces. Two huge media stories involving New Orleans, on two separate coasts.
Robert Durst sits in a jail cell in St. Gabriel ahead of what could be a lengthy appearance Monday morning at criminal court.
New Orleans attorney Tom Shlosman, who isn't representing Durst, explains, "It is a full blown contradictory hearing so the prosecution can put on witnesses, the defense can put on witnesses."
A magistrate judge will determine a bond amount for the eccentric millionaire or he could order Durst be held without bond. A copy of an arrest warrant says Durst was found with a loaded gun and marijuana when he was arrested at the J.W. Marriott hotel on Canal on Saturday March 14.
"Assuming the Orleans District Attorney's Office accepts these charges, which it would be unusual if they did not, he would have to remain here and fight the charges," Shlosman said.
His arrest in New Orleans is just the latest twist in a story that's been unfolding in the HBO documentary "The Jinx". Durst was picked up in New Orleans on an arrest warrant out of California, where he's wanted for the murder of his friend, Susan Berman. "Everybody's just chomping at the bit to watch this legal saga unfold," Shlosman said.
That's also the case in Los Angeles this week where former Saint Darren Sharper is expected to enter a plea deal. Loyola law professor Dane Ciolino explains, "In Louisiana he's charged with the crime of aggravated rape which calls for a mandatory life sentence. No doubt what he's agreed to plead to is the crime of forcible rape which is the next least serious sex offense in the Louisiana criminal code."
The plea deal reportedly covers the state and federal charges Sharper faces in four different states. Women in New Orleans are some of the alleged victims who say they were drugged and raped by Sharper. "We can expect a sentence somewhere in that five to 40 year range," Ciolino said.
Sharper's legal troubles have been ongoing for more than a year. While his case may soon be coming to an end with a guilty plea, Tom Shlosman predicts, this is just the beginning for the media circus that has hit New Orleans and will soon head to Los Angeles for the story of Robert Durst.
Darren Sharper has two co-defendants. Erik Nunez faces two counts of aggravated rape in state court. Brandon Licciardi is facing state and federal charges. He's accused of aggravated rape, drug distribution, witness tampering and impeding an investigation.