Fugitive New York real estate heir, Robert Durst, is set to plead guilty to a gun charge in Louisiana next week, a move that will let him return to Los Angeles to face a murder charge.
Durst is the scion of a prominent New York real estate family who gained new notoriety in the HBO documentary ‘The Jinx’ about his alleged crimes.
His attorney Dick DeGuerin told CNN said his client will plead guilty to one charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
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Real estate heir Robert Durst has agreed to be extradited from Louisiana to Los Angeles by mid-August to face a murder charge. He’s pictured here in March in New Orleans after being arraigned
Court filings show U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt set February 3 as the date for Durst’s re-arraignment on a charge of illegally carrying a .38-caliber revolver after being convicted of a felony.
The charge kept Durst in Louisiana even though he waived extradition to Los Angeles to face a charge that he killed a friend and onetime spokeswoman in 2000.
Filings show Durst made a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in Louisiana.
In December, Durst’s attorneys and Los Angeles County prosecutors filed an agreement stating that Durst will be extradited by Aug. 18, 2016.
The weapons charge has kept Durst jailed in Louisiana since March 2015, even though he waived extradition on the murder charge in Los Angeles.
Durst, an estranged member of the family that runs 1 World Trade Center in New York, faces a first-degree murder trial in Los Angeles in the 2000 death of his friend and onetime spokeswoman Susan Berman, 55.
The 72-year-old millionaire is accused of killing Berman to keep her from talking to investigators looking into the disappearance of his first wife in 1982.
Durst, an estranged member of the family that runs 1 World Trade Center in New York, faces a first-degree murder trial in Los Angeles in the 2000 death of his friend and onetime spokeswoman Susan Berman, 55
Durst was arrested in New Orleans on the eve of the finale of ‘The Jinx,’ a six-part HBO documentary about Durst, the disappearance of his wife, Berman’s death, and the death and dismemberment of a neighbor in Texas in 2001.
Durst’s lawyers say his arrest in New Orleans was timed to coincide with the conclusion of ‘The Jinx.’ Durst had registered at the hotel under the name Everette Ward and was lying low while HBO aired the final chapter of his life story.
U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan in Louisiana postponed Durst’s trial on the weapons charge earlier this month to give attorneys time to work out a date to sign a plea agreement. On Thursday, she scheduled a change of plea hearing for Feb. 3.
Richard DeGuerin, one of Durst’s attorneys, said in a statement Tuesday that the extradition agreement is ‘part of our effort to have Robert Durst face and defeat the California murder charge as soon as possible.’
‘Bob Durst didn’t kill Susan Berman and doesn’t know who did,’ DeGuerin said. ‘He is eager to go to trial and prove his innocence.’