Arrest Warrants and Court Documents

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Motion to Suppress:

“[Police in Los Angeles] were hurriedly planning to arrest Durst before the final episode [of The Jinx]. They were crafting a dramatic moment of their own.”

The final episode of The Jinx aired the following night, and Durst’s lawyers claim, the evidence used to get the California warrant was hardly the bombshell portrayed by “The Jinx” producers or Los Angeles detectives: the letter and handwriting comparisons linking the note to Durst had been known for years.

“The producers and the California authorities thus accomplished together what neither could have done alone,” Durst’s lawyers wrote. “The publicity from the arrest gave the producers a welcome ratings bump, and the artful editing of the show made it seem as though California’s case against Durst was based on information far more substantial than the actual evidence on hand.”  

Durst’s lawyers said FBI agents questioned in the Marriott lobby and his hotel room for  the 72-year-old Durst without reading him his rights, and did not have a warrant when they began a search of his room that lasted more than an hour. 

When they filed for a warrant after the FBI agents that first encountered Durst had “inventoried” the items in his room– including the .38-caliber pistol in the pocket of a jacket in his closet– the warrant application sought almost exactly the items found in Durst’s room.

Detectives also noted in their application handwriting experts had identified Durst as the likely author of the “cadaver” note police received shortly after Berman’s body was discovered– but failed to note that at least one expert had identified another suspect as the writer. Durst’s lawyers also noted that handwriting analysis in general is unreliable.

  • Read the Motion to Suppress; June 4th 2015 – here

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 Order to move Robert Durst to Nelson Coleman Correctional Center in St. Charles Parish:

U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan’s order states that Durst “shall not be transferred to a medical facility outside the State of Louisiana.”

Durst’s attorneys requested the move.

  • Read the Order for New Jail; April 27th 2015 – here

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Motion to Designate Housing at Nelson Coleman Correctional Center as to Robert Durst:

The Court VACATES its previous order granting defendant temporary housing at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center. FURTHER ORDERED that the Marshals Service is directed to designate Nelson Coleman Correctional Center as housing for defendant, Robert Durst as set forth in document. Signed by Judge Helen G. Berrigan on September 27th, 2015.

  • Read the Motion; April 27th 2015 – here

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Unopposed Motion to Continue Status Conference, Oral Argument, and Submission Date:

USA moves the Court to continue the status conference, oral argument, and submission date on the United States’ pending motion to quashsubpoenas and dismiss show-cause proceedings for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction (Rec. Doc. 15) currently set before the Court on April 21, 2015, at 10:00 a.m.

  • Read the Motion; April 17th 2015 – here

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Motion Memo and Order to Return Seized Property:

Durst’s lawyers want his confiscated $100,000+. They say it’s not needed as evidence and isn’t contraband.

  • Read the Motion; April 14th 2015 – here

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A Federal Judge orders Robert Durst to be moved from State Jail to Federal custody:
  • Read the Writ of Habeas Corpus; April 10th 2015 – here

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Robert Durst’s Federal Grand Jury indictment:

Robert Durst was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on Friday (April 10th, 2015). The indictment charges that DURST, on or about March 14, 2015, unlawfully possessed a Smith and Wesson .38 caliber revolver, after having previously being convicted of crimes punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, to wit: two convictions in 2004, in case number 04-667 in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, for, respectively, possessing a firearm while under indictment, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(n), and possessing a firearm while a fugitive from justice, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(2). The potential sentence in this case is a maximum 10 years incarceration in the Bureau of Prisons, a fine of $250,000, a maximum of three years of supervised release, and $100 special assessment fee.

  • Read the full indictment here

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Robert Durst’s Louisiana Grand Jury indictment:

Robert Durst was indicted on two Louisiana gun charges Wednesday (April 8th, 2015). An Orleans Parish grand jury charged the real estate scion on one count each of illegally carrying a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

  • Read the full indictment here

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Motion for Removal:
  • Read the motion; April 6th, 2015 – here

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Motion and Incorporated Memorandum For Finding Of No Probable Cause:
  • Read the full motion; April 3rd, 2015 – here
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  • Read the full motion; April 1st, 2015 – here

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Motion and Incorporated Memorandum to Quash Arrest Warrant:
  • Read the full motion; March 31st, 2015 – here

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Louisiana Writ of Supervisory Review:
  • Read the full motion; March 17th, 2015 – here

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Affidavit for Houston search warrant:

17297208-mmmain Murder suspect Robert Durst had more than $42,000 in cash, a fake ID and a latex mask when authorities arrested him in New Orleans last weekend, according to an affidavit for a warrant signed by a judge in Harris County, Texas, on Tuesday (March 17, 2015).

  • Read the full affidavit here
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The warrant for his arrest in New Orleans:

Robert Durst had a .38-caliber revolver and just over 5 ounces of marijuana inside the New Orleans hotel where he was apprehended Saturday night, according to his Louisiana arrest warrant obtained Tuesday (March 17, 2015).

  • The full text of the warrant is here
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Robert Durst Louisiana arrest register – Orleans Parish Sheriff Magistrate Court:
  • Read the arrest register; March 16th, 2015 – here

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The criminal complaint LA County filed against Durst (death penalty possible for two of the charges):
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The People of the State of New York against Robert Durst, Defendant(decided on December 16, 2013; Criminal Court Of The City Of New York, New York):
  • The New York criminal court ruling (from December 16, 2013) is here

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The State of Texas vs. Robert Durst:
  • Court documents (from 2003-2004) – here