A New Orleans magistrate judge denied Robert Durst bail Monday, saying the accused killer is a flight risk and danger to others.
The deranged 71-year-old heir of the wealthy New York real estate family will be held on weapons charges as authorities arrange his extradition to Los Angeles.
On March 14 he was arrested in the Big Easy for the murder of his confidante, Susan Berman, in California in 2000.
He has been held in a prison’s mental health unit for nearly a week because he is a suicide risk, officials say.
During the bail hearing before Magistrate Harry Cantrell, Durst sat beside his lawyers with his hands shackled to his sides in padded handcuffs.
Durst’s attorney, Dick DeGuerin, said the hearing had gone as he expected.
“We will not contest bail until we get to California. That’s where we want to be,” he said.
DeGuerin signaled he plans to argue his client was railroaded due to media attention surrounding the HBO miniseries, “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.”
The attorney singled out prosecutor-turned-TV-host Jeanine Pirro, who featured prominently in the show.
“She’s here because she’s been participating in the dogging of Mr. Durst for years,” DeGuerin said, asking a judge to remove her from the courtroom because she is a potential witness. DeGuerin said he wanted to question Pirro.
But after a brief recess Cantrell ruled that Pirro would not testify.
The documentary series revisited the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Durst’s first wife in 1982, Berman’s murder and Durst’s dismemberment of his 71-year-old neighbor in 2011.
Durst was acquitted of murdering the neighbor, whose body parts were found floating in Galveston Bay.
Durst’s March 14 arrest in New Orleans Berman’s shooting death came one day before the show’s finale.
The jaw-dropping conclusion featured Durst mumbling to himself in a bathroom that he “killed them all, of course” on a hot mic.
Durst was arrested March 14 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel.
He had registered there under the name Everette Ward. Investigators found his passport, nearly $43,000 in cash, a gun, marijuana and a latex mask in his hotel room.
Reports suggested he was plotting to flee to Cuba.
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