Robert Durst is scheduled for an evidentiary hearing Thursday in New Orleans regarding a bizzare incident from last summer at a Houston CVS.
KPRC 2 News obtained surveillance video showing Durst’s arrest in July 2014 for exposing himself and urinating on a candy display at a CVS pharmacy on Kirby Drive. He left the store before police arrived, but later turned himself in.
The hearing is a chance for Durst’s legal team to dispute claims made against him which, if successful, would have to be resolved before trial.
“This was a medical mishap, plain and simple. He had to go and he couldn’t hold it,” said Durst’s lawyer.
In December 2014, Durst pleaded no contest to a charge of criminal mischief. After his plea, Durst was ordered to pay restitution to CVS for the Class C misdemeanor.
“He patronized that store quite often and was very friendly and very well liked by all the staff,” said Durst’s lawyer. “He was embarrassed in that aspect. The people that were so good to him were put, themselves, in an embarrassing situation.”
Durst is currently in a federal jail on a felon in possession of a gun charge. Louisiana state gun and drug charges stemming from his March arrest in New Orleans were dropped. The judge set a trial date on the federal charge for June 22.
Durst is not well, according to Dick DeGuerin, one of Durst’s attorneys.
Durst is an estranged member of the wealthy family that operates 1 World Trade Center. He also faces a murder charge in California in connection with the death of his friend, Susan Berman.
Durst was arrested March 15, less than 12 hours before HBO aired the final segment of “The Jinx,” in which — off camera in a bathroom but with the microphone still live — Durst whispers, “There it is. You’re caught!”
Durst’s lawyers say the arrest in New Orleans was timed to coincide with the final episode of “The Jinx,” which also described the disappearance of his wife, Kathleen, in 1982 from New York; the Los Angeles shooting of Berman, 55, in 2000; and the death of Morris Black in Galveston in 2001.
Durst was posing as a deaf mute in Galveston when he killed and dismembered Black, his 71-year-old neighbor. Durst ultimately won acquittal on the murder charge by arguing self-defense.
At the moment, Durst is being held in New Orleans on a gun charge and is waiting to face a murder charge in California.