Durst Charged With Murder, May Face Death Penalty

Subject of HBO documentary had revolver when arrested
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 16, 2015 6:02 PM CDT
Cops: Durst Had Revolver on Him When Arrested
In this Aug. 15, 2014 file photo, New York City real estate heir Robert Durst leaves a Houston courtroom. Durst was arrested in New Orleans on an extradition warrant to Los Angeles on March 14, 2015.    (Pat Sullivan)

Los Angeles prosecutors today charged wealthy eccentric Robert Durst with murder, meaning he may face the death penalty. The heir to a New York real estate fortune was arrested in a New Orleans hotel over the weekend and agreed to face a murder charge in Los Angeles in the shooting 15 years ago of a mobster's daughter who vouched for him after his wife disappeared, the AP reports. But one of his lawyers says the trip may be delayed by new charges in Louisiana. He shuffled into a courtroom today with his hands shackled at his waist, wearing sandals and an orange jumpsuit. He appeared to fall asleep before the hearing, and later turned to the gallery and smiled. When arrested, he had a revolver on him, but it wasn't immediately clear whether he complied with Louisiana law by having a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Magistrate Harry Cantrell says Durst could now be taken to California, and that he could get pain medication meanwhile after attorney Dick DeGuerin said Durst has had "neurosurgery." But DeGuerin later said outside court that the trip to California may be delayed because New Orleans prosecutors are considering other unspecified charges against him. He wouldn't elaborate, and spokesman Christopher Bowman says the Orleans Parish district attorney's office won't comment. The hearing came only hours after yesterday's finale of an HBO documentary detailing his life of privilege and links to three deaths. Durst is heard muttering that he "killed them all, of course," at the end of "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst." (More HBO stories.)

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