(NEW ORLEANS) — Real estate heir and murder suspect Robert Durst is expected to appear in a Louisiana courtroom Thursday as his attorney told ABC News he plans to fight his arrest warrant issued in California.
Durst faces charges in both states. In California, he is facing charges in the cold case murder of his friend Susan Berman that took place in Los Angeles in 2000. In Louisiana, he is facing charges after his arrest in a New Orleans hotel last month, where authorities say he was found with a gun and marijuana.
Durst’s attorney Dick Deguerin told ABC News the Los Angeles Police Department’s arrest warrant for murder is baseless.
Durst has not yet entered a plea against any of the charges, but Deguerin has repeatedly proclaimed that he is innocent and did not kill his friend.
The defense team is also going to push to have the gun charges thrown out because they believe that it was found as a result of an illegal search. Durst, 71, is not allowed to own a gun as part of terms connected to an earlier case.
Durst was acquitted of murdering Morris Black, his neighbor from when he lived in Texas, in 2001. He said that he killed Black in self defense and admitted in court that he dismembered Black’s body and dumped the parts into Galveston Bay.
He had moved to Texas shortly after the district attorney in New York suburb Weschester County reopened the investigation into Durst’s first wife’s 1982 disappearance.
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