Murder suspect and real estate heir Robert Durst was indicted on two charges Wednesday morning.

A Orleans Parish grand jury indicted Durst on being a felon in possession of a firearm and being in possession of a firearm with a controlled and dangerous substance.

Durst was arrested last month in New Orleans on the charges by the Louisiana State Police. He was initially wanted on a murder warrant out of California.

The District Attorney’s Office said the indictment moves the matter out of magistrate court in Orleans Parish and in front of a criminal court judge.

His arraignment is set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

Earlier this week, Durst and his attorneys returned to a New Orleans courtroom with a deadline for his extradition nearing next week. Prosecutors said the extradition deadline can be delayed another two months since Durst was charged in Louisiana.

His attorneys said the real estate heir is willing to pay extradition costs to face the murder charge in California. He is accused in the death of Susan Berman in 2000, a case which resurfaced with the culmination of an HBO documentary series centered on the allegations against him.

Authorities in California said Berman, Durst’s friend, was shot in the head in her home in Beverly Hills before police could question her about the disappearance of Durst’s first wife in 1982.

Last week, an attorney for Durst filed a motion to quash, claiming that the warrant to search his client’s hotel room was “invalid” and “unlawful.” He also argued that a Louisiana statute regarding the illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon does not apply to Durst because his past offense is not specified by the state law.

Preliminary hearings began Thursday, but were continued at the request of Durst’s legal team when they attempted to call two FBI agents and a Louisiana state trooper to the stand to testify. None of the law enforcement officials called were in attendance.

“Not a single case supports the state’s position that an affidavit in support of an arrest warrant, standing alone, can establish probable cause at a preliminary hearing,” the filing said. “If the court were to follow the state’s unorthodox approach, the protections of a preliminary hearing — most importantly the rights of confrontation and cross examination — would be gutted.”

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