Sunday 19 November 2017

Property heir Robert Durst in California to face murder charge

Robert Durst on his way to Orleans Parish Prison in March 2015 (AP)
Robert Durst on his way to Orleans Parish Prison in March 2015 (AP)

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.

"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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