UPDATE 7:45 p.m. EDT: Los Angeles police Monday filed murder charges against real estate heir Robert Durst in the Christmas Eve 2000 shooting death of his friend Susan Berman in her Benedict Canyon home, the Los Angeles Times reported. Durst was arrested during the weekend in New Orleans and waived extradition Monday.
The charges carry a possible death sentence. Durst, 71, is accused of lying in wait and killing a witness. New York police had been planning to interview Berman in the 1982 disappearance of Durst's first wife.
Robert Durst, the New York real estate heir who was arrested Saturday night in New Orleans on a charge he murdered a woman nearly 15 years ago, said Monday he would waive extradition and face those murder charges in Los Angeles, multiple reports said. Durst waived extradition Monday during his second court appearance in New Orleans.
The woman, Susan Berman, was a close friend and slain execution-style in New Orleans in 2000. Durst’s lawyer said his client is not guilty. “He’s maintained his innocence for 10 years now. Nothing has changed,” Chip Lewis told the Washington Post.
Durst, 71, was the subject of HBO’s docu-series, “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” which aired its series finale Sunday. The production implicated Durst in the disappearances of multiple women, including his wife in 1982. During the series finale, Durst can allegedly be overheard saying he “killed them all.”
Officials in Los Angeles issued a warrant for his arrest and Durst was apprehended in the lobby of the J.W. Marriott Hotel in New Orleans where he had checked in under the alias of Everett Ward, the Washington Post reported.
HBO issued a statement regarding Durst's arrest. "We simply cannot say enough about the brilliant job that Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling did in producing ‘The Jinx,’” HBO said in part. “Years in the making, their thorough research and dogged reporting reignited interest in Robert Durst's story with the public and law enforcement."