Millionaire murder suspect Robert Durst’s lawyer claims a Los Angeles prosecutor grilled his creepy client for three hours without him present.
High-powered defense attorney Dick DeGuerin made the claim in an interview with CBS.
“A prosecutor came out here and took him aside and, you know, questioned him for three hours,” DeGuerin told “48 Hours Presents” in an episode that airs Saturday.
“I would have hoped they would not try to trick him without his lawyer present.”
DeGuerin, who got Durst acquitted for the 2001 murder and dismemberment of neighbor Morris Black in Galveston, Tex., said he was “astonished by the move.”
Durst, 71, was arrested Saturday in New Orleans for the 2000 murder of Susan Berman — a day before the finale of an HBO documentary about the New York real estate scion in which he appears to confess he “killed them all, of course.”
“I think it was great drama,” DeGuerin said of the snippet. “But it’s not the truth.”
DeGuerin said he understands why the public is fixated on the cross-dressing scion of a Manhattan real estate empire.
“I think people are fascinated by wealth, by strangeness and by mystery,” he said. “And I think that this case has all of those things.”
But, the lawyer added, “I think the case ought to be tried on the facts and not on an effort to win an Emmy.”
The case against Durst is based on a “junk science letter and a bathroom confession,” DeGuerin said.
In addition to being a Durst confidante, Berman was a Las Vegas mobster’s daughter. And at first Los Angeles police detectives suspected it might have been a mob hit.
The case was cold until the LAPD learned what Durst said in Andrew Jarecki’s film. Cops also resurrected an anonymous “cadaver” note tipping them off about Berman’s death that an expert concluded — way back in June 2003 — was written by the suspect.
Retired LAPD Det. Paul Coulter, who investigated the Berman killing, said he believes they have the goods on Durst.
“I’m pretty confident it’s Bobby Durst,” he told CBS.
Prosecutors suspect Durst rubbed out Berman to keep her from talking to cops about the disappearance of his first wife, Kathie Durst, who vanished in 1982 without a trace.
Durst denies playing any role in her disappearance, but to avoid investigators he high-tailed it to Texas and started dressing like a woman.
When he was nabbed in NOLA, Durst was reportedly making plans to flee to Cuba. He had a latex mask to disguise his appearance and $42,000 in cash and a fake Texas ID with the name Everette Ward.
Since his arrest, police in Northern California, where Durst lived for a time, are also looking into whether he was involved in the 1997 disappearances of two teenage girls, Kristen Modafferi, 18, and Karen Mitchell, 16.
DeGuerin has said that he had nothing to do with the missing teens.