Robert Durst Considered a Suicide Risk, Moved to Prison With Mental Health Unit

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The accused murderer remains in Louisiana on gun charges while awaiting a transfer to L.A. to face murder charges.

NEW ORLEANS — Troubled real estate heir Robert Durst was moved from a New Orleans jail to a state prison with a mental health unit because he is considered a suicide risk, officials said Wednesday.

Durst, the 71-year-old millionaire, is in custody in Louisiana on gun charges while awaiting a transfer to Los Angeles to face murder charges in the death of his friend Susan Berman 15 years ago.

A city magistrate had ordered that Durst remain in the New Orleans jail. But the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office appealed that order, and Louisiana's 4th Circuit Court of Appeal ruled in favor of the sheriff on Tuesday.

Durst was moved that night to Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel, about 70 miles from New Orleans, according to the sheriff's office.

A three-judge panel ruled that the sheriff has sole authority to decide where to house inmates needing mental health treatment.

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