Robert Durst, Prosecutors Agree on Murder Case Court Dateby
Prosecutors will seek transfer after sentencing in New Orleans
Durst accused of killing friend before investigators met her
New York real-estate heir Robert Durst agreed to make his first court appearance in Los Angeles by Aug. 18 to face accusations he murdered his friend Susan Berman in 2000.
Durst, 72, is being held in federal prison in Louisiana, where he is scheduled in February to change his plea to an unrelated weapons charge. Once he’s sentenced in that case, Los Angeles prosecutors will seek to have him brought to California, according to a court filing Tuesday in state court.
“This agreement was jointly reached to ensure that Durst arrives in Los Angeles so that these charges can be expeditiously litigated in court,” the Los Angeles County District Attorney said in a statement.
Durst was arrested in New Orleans on March 14, the day before HBO showed the final television episode of “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst” in which he appears to confess that he killed Berman, as well as his wife and a man in Galveston, Texas.
In Texas, Durst was acquitted of murder by a jury in 2003. He admitted to shooting his neighbor, claiming self-defense as they struggled for a gun. He said he panicked and disposed of the body in Galveston Bay because he feared he wouldn’t be believed after New York prosecutors reopened the investigation of his first wife’s disappearance.
Berman was killed shortly before she was scheduled to be interviewed by authorities about the 1982 disappearance of Kathleen Durst. Kathleen Durst has never been found. Prosecutors in Los Angeles have accused Durst of “lying in wait” and killing a witness to a crime.
The case is the People v. Durst, SA089983, Los Angeles County Superior Court.