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(NEW ORLEANS) — Robert Durst was transferred to a second correctional facility on Tuesday night because sheriff’s office officials said they were concerned he was a suicide risk.

Durst, who was arrested on Sunday evening and charged with murdering his friend Susan Berman in 2000, was transferred to the Elayn Hunt Correctional facility on Tuesday evening because it is equipped to treat the mentally ill, officials said.

Now the 71-year-old is one of roughly 30 inmates in the facility who all live in separate cells with 24-hour monitoring by clinicians and psychiatrists.

Prosecutors were the ones to push for the facility switch, saying that he was transferred due to “acute mental health issues.”

In court on Tuesday, Durst’s legal team said that he suffers from a mild form of Asperger syndrome.

Durst’s lawyers have maintained that he did not kill Berman and have said that they want him extradited to California to face trial, though he may now face additional charges in Louisiana because he was allegedly found in possession of a weapon and marijuana when he was recently arrested.

Also on Tuesday, police searched Durst’s Houston apartment, finding three crime-related books inside, according to authorities.

A book, titled Without a Trace, and two copies of another tome, A Deadly Secret, which details the search for Durst’s first wife who went missing in 1982, were found in the 71-year-old’s Houston apartment, according to a list of the items recovered in the execution of a search warrant, police said.

Court records detail how the accused murderer had seven credit cards, seven blank checks and five boxes containing court documents and news articles in his possession. He also had a trash bag filled with court transcripts.

The subject of the court transcripts were not specified.

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