Fugitive heir Robert Durst to appear in LA court on murder charge

FILE - In March 17, 2015, file photo, New York real estate heir Robert Durst smiles as he is transported from Orleans Parish Criminal District Court to the Orleans Parish Prison after his arraignment on murder charges in New Orleans. Durst has made his long-awaited arrival in California to face charges of killing a friend 16 years ago. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office says Durst was locked up in a county jail Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. He's scheduled to face arraignment Monday for the killing of friend Susan Berman in 2000.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
FILE - In March 17, 2015, file photo, New York real estate heir Robert Durst smiles as he is transported from Orleans Parish Criminal District Court to the Orleans Parish Prison after his arraignment on murder charges in New Orleans. Durst has made his long-awaited arrival in California to face charges of killing a friend 16 years ago. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office says Durst was locked up in a county jail Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. He's scheduled to face arraignment Monday for the killing of friend Susan Berman in 2000. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Real estate heir and documentary star Robert Durst is set to make a long-awaited appearance in a Los Angeles courtroom to face a murder charge.

Durst is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday in connection with the murder of his friend Susan Berman 16 years ago.

Los Angeles County prosecutors have been seeking to bring Durst to California since shortly after his arrest in March 2015.

But he first faced a federal weapons charge in New Orleans. He pleaded guilty to that charge in April and has begun serving a seven-year prison sentence.

Durst was already a well-known figure in his native New York. But he became a national name when HBO aired the documentary “The Jinx” that followed his life and cast suspicion on him for several crimes.

 

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