Robert Durst to return to Los Angeles to face murder charge
LOS ANGELES – Millionaire real estate heir Robert Durst will return to Los Angeles next year for arraignment on his pending murder charge, according to court documents filed Tuesday.
Durst is being held without bail at a facility near New Orleans.
He was featured this spring in “The Jinx,” a documentary about him by HBO. Durst is accused of killing his friend Susan Berman at her home in California in 2000. He also faces state weapons and drugs charges in New Orleans.
Berman was shot in the head in her Beverly Hills home in December 2000, shortly before investigators were set to speak with her about the 1982 disappearance of Durst’s first wife, Kathleen McCormack Durst.
Prosecutors accuse Durst of “lying in wait” and killing Berman, a crime writer and his longtime confidante, because she “was a witness to a crime.”
Durst has long maintained that he had nothing to do with Berman’s death or his wife’s disappearance.
But some say his mutterings picked up on a live microphone and broadcast in the HBO documentary make it sound like Durst could be changing his tune.
“What the hell did I do?” Durst says from a bathroom at the end of the documentary. “Killed them all, of course.”
His lawyer, Dick DeGuerin, has told CNN that “The Jinx” made for great television but does not represent a search for the truth.
It’s not the first time Durst has been accused of murder. He admitted to killing and dismembering a 71-year-old neighbor in Galveston, Texas, but was found not guilty of the charges.
Durst claimed self-defense in the killing of Morris Black and a Texas jury believed him.