Eccentric US tycoon Robert Durst has been transferred to a jail for mentally ill inmates pending further hearings after his arrest for the killing of a mobster’s daughter, an official said Wednesday.
Media reports suggested Durst was suicidal, but the official in the local sheriff’s office would only say he was moved on health grounds to the facility near New Orleans late Tuesday.
“Mr Durst was moved for medical reasons,” spokesman Phil Stelly of the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office told AFP.
Blake Arcuri, a prosecution lawyer, was quoted by the Los Angeles Times as saying “He’s suicidal.” Stelly would not confirm that.
It was the latest twist in the case of the 71-year-old Durst, a bizarre murder mystery laid bare in a TV documentary.
Durst — the scion of a New York real estate dynasty worth $4.4 billion — was charged in Los Angeles on Monday with murder over the 2000 death of his close friend Susan Berman.
He appeared to make an unwitting confession to a number of killings during filming of the acclaimed six-part HBO documentary “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.”
In the final episode, broadcast on Sunday, Durst is heard muttering to himself, “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course” — apparently unaware that a wireless microphone remained switched on while he used the bathroom.
It was not clear if Durst was sincerely confessing, but authorities in Los Angeles reportedly said the documentary had played a role in their decision to seek the multimillionaire’s arrest for Berman’s murder.
Claiming that TV ratings are driving the prosecution, lawyers for Durst say they want the case to go to trial in California as soon as possible.
But prosecutors in New Orleans, where Durst was arrested on Saturday, are pursuing minor gun and drug charges against him.
When police arrived at his hotel room, he was found with a .38 caliber revolver and marijuana, police say.
“We will continue to fight for Bob. We want to get to California as quickly as we can so we can get into a court of law and try this case where it needs to be tried,” said Durst’s attorney Dick DeGuerin.
Berman was shot in the back of her head at her home in Beverly Hills, a day before she was due to be questioned by police who had reopened an investigation into the 1982 disappearance of the tycoon’s wife, Kathie Durst, in New York.
Durst is due back in court on the gun and drug charges next Monday in New Orleans.
Jim Jordan childishly refuses to condemn Trump’s Ukraine call: ‘Democrats have been out to get the president’
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) on Sunday argued that President Donald Trump should not be impeached because he never completed his quid pro quo with Ukraine.
During an interview on CBS, host Margaret Brennan explained that Trump only released aid to Ukraine after a whistleblower came forward with allegations that he was trying to bribe the country's president to investigate political rival Joe Biden.
"Most important, the Ukrainians did nothing, as far as investigations go, to get the aid released," Jordan opined. "There was never this quid pro quo, that the Democrats all promise existed before President Trump released the phone call."
Chuck Todd burns down GOP’s Ron Johnson’s Ukraine excuses: ‘You seem to blame this on everybody but the president’
A clearly exasperated Chuck Todd was forced to talk over a loud and filibustering Sen Ron Johnson (R-WI) on Sunday morning for once again pushing Ukraine conspiracies and arguing over whether Donald Trump wanted the president of Ukraine to attack former Vice President Joe Biden on his behalf.
Having let Johnson throw out several scenarios and try and spread the blame around, Todd, finally cut in to say, "You seem to blame this on everybody but the president. It was the president’s actions."
"You’re blaming everybody else for the reason we’re in this situation, other than the president," Todd continued. "Isn’t the president’s own behavior, which raised all of these yellow and red flags, isn’t is that why we’re here?”
I can ‘do anything I want, I’m a police officer’: Indiana cop fired after racially profiling black men in mall parking lot
A white police officer working for Lawrence Township in Indiana has been fired after he was filmed accosting two black men sitting in their car outside of a Nordstrom Rack and accusing them of being "suspicious."
According to WTHR, Lawrence Township Deputy Constable Daryl Jones approached cousins Aaron Blackwell and Durell Cunningham on the north side of Indianapolis but was filmed on a cellphone that eventually led to him losing his job.
The cousins stated that Jones racially profiled them and tried to run their car plates.