Thursday 19 October 2017

New York property heir Robert Durst arrives in California to face murder charge over friend's death

New York real estate heir Robert Durst smiles as he is transported from Orleans Parish Criminal District Court to the Orleans Parish Prison after his arraignment on murder charges in New Orleans (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
New York real estate heir Robert Durst smiles as he is transported from Orleans Parish Criminal District Court to the Orleans Parish Prison after his arraignment on murder charges in New Orleans (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
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New York property heir Robert Durst, who became a household name following a TV documentary, has arrived in California to face a murder charge over the killing of a friend 16 years ago.

Durst, 73, is being held in a Los Angeles County jail will appear in court on Monday afternoon, district attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison said.

Local prosecutors have been eager to bring Durst to California to try him over the killing of Susan Berman in 2000, but prosecutors in New Orleans held him there on federal weapons charges until he pleaded guilty in April. He had already waived extradition to California.

Durst's lawyer, Dick DeGuerin, has said Durst is just as eager to come to Los Angeles County and prove his innocence.

New York City real estate heir Robert Durst leaves a Houston courtroom (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)
New York City real estate heir Robert Durst leaves a Houston courtroom (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

"We've been begging to get to California since two days after he was arrested," he said in September.

Durst, already well-known in New York, became far more famous when HBO showed The Jinx, which cast serious suspicion on him for several alleged crimes, including the Berman killing.

He was arrested on the morning the last of the documentary's six parts was shown in March 2015.

Durst was sentenced to seven years and one month in prison after pleading guilty to the New Orleans weapons charge and had been serving time in an Indiana federal prison since September.

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