The eccentric millionaire, who was the subject of an HBO serial documentary, appeared before a judge in New Orleans for a second straight day to face the drug and weapons charges. Yesterday, he waived extradition to Los Angeles, where he is charged with first-degree murder in the 2000 shooting of Susan Berman, the daughter of a prominent Las Vegas mobster.
Berman was killed at her home near Beverly Hills shortly before New York investigators planned to question her about the disappearance of Durst’s wife, Kathleen.
Durst has long been suspected in his wife’s 1982 disappearance, but never charged.
In 2003, he was acquitted of murder in a dismemberment death in Texas.
In the documentary about Durst that concluded Sunday night, he was heard mumbling about how he “killed them all.” But a law enforcement official says his arrest on the murder charge was based not on that, but on words he wrote.
It’s not clear how soon he’ll be sent to California. Magistrate Harry Cantrell has scheduled another hearing for next Monday in New Orleans.