Robert Durst to Plead Guilty to Weapons Charge
The development likely clears the way for Durst to be extradited to California to answer charges of murdering Susan Berman.
Robert Durst, profiled in the six-part HBO documentary The Jinx earlier this year, will be changing his plea to guilty in a federal weapons case brought in Louisiana, according to a court filing on Monday.
The plea, expected to be delivered at a rearraignment hearing on Dec. 17, will likely lead the way to Durst's transfer to California where he is being charged by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office for the 2000 murder of his friend Susan Berman.
On the heels of The Jinx docuseries — which revisited the disappearance of Durst's first wife in 1982, how the real estate scion beat a murder rap of a neighbor in Texas in 2003 and the circumstances of Berman's killing — Durst was arrested in Louisiana for possession of a firearm and faced up to 10 years in prison.
Durst has been unsuccessful in suppressing evidence in the weapons case and the change in posture suggests a plea deal with prosecutors. Durst's attorneys have made it known that they want to get past the weapons charge so they might focus on clearing his name in the Berman case. For example, Durst attorney Dick DeGuerin told People last month, "He is eager to finally get have his say in court, at his trial, in front of a jury and not with somebody who was only out to get an Emmy."
Once Durst, 72, arrives in California, he may have to confront the controversial "confession" that he delivered during a bathroom break at the conclusion of his interview with Jinx filmmaker Andrew Jarecki.
The trial could be televised if a judge allows.