Court hearing for Robert Durst postponed after FBI agents fail to appear

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NEW ORLEANS, La. (NBC News) – A court hearing for a millionaire accused of murder has been postponed after FBI agents failed to show up for a court hearing in the case.

Authorities say Robert Durst, 71, was arrested in New Orleans after federal agents tracked his cell phone.

Court documents revealed Durst had a loaded .38-caliber revolver, 5 ounces of marijuana, his passport and birth certificate, a neck-to-head latex mask with salt-and-pepper hair attached and more than $40,000 cash, mostly in $100 bills.

The defense subpoenaed those FBI agents, so they could determine whether they searched Durst’s hotel room in New Orleans before a warrant was issued.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Duane Evans told the court that the government asked the agents to ignore the subpoenas from Durst’s team.

“We needed more time to make sure our employees are well prepared to take that stand,” said Evans.

“It doesn’t take any time to prepare to tell the truth,” said Dick DeGuerin, one of Durst’s lawyers.

A judge allowed the court hearing to be postponed for one week.

Durst’s attorneys have also filed a motion to have the drug charges in Louisiana dropped so they can travel to Los Angeles, where Durst is charged with murdering Susan Berman.

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