Robert Durst rearraignment date may signal planned guilty plea in Louisiana court

Eccentric real estate heir and suspected killer Robert Durst has been scheduled for a “rearraignment” next month in federal court in New Orleans.

That may indicate he has agreed to plead guilty to a weapons charge that has kept him in Louisiana, according to the New Orleans Advocate.

According to federal court records, an order scheduling Durst for rearraignment on Dec. 17 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana was filed Monday.

In April, Durst pleaded not guilty to the weapons charges that were brought against him after his arrest March 14 in a French Quarter hotel. Authorities who arrested him in connection with the December 2000 slaying of his good friend from college days, Susan Berman, allegedly found an illegal loaded gun in his room.

According to The Advocate, Durst’s lead defense attorney, Houston lawyer Dick DeGuerin, declined to confirm a planned guilty plea.

Depending upon the resolution of the weapons charge, Durst may be extradited to California on that state’s murder charge in connection with Berman’s death.

By Carol Christian (Houston Chronicle)

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