Billionaire murder suspect transferred to Killona jail

HBO documentary figure and murder suspect Robert Durst is coming to St. Charles Parish by way of Federal Marshall escort.

Durst, whose life was documented by HBO’s “The Jinx, The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” was arrested in downtown New Orleans on March 17 at the J.W. Marriot on Canal St. under the alias Everette Ward. In the finale of the six-part docuseries, he apparently confessed to killing three people – one of them his wife – when he was recorded muttering to himself, “What the hell did I do? Kill them all, of course.”

The billionaire prisoner will be held in the Nelson Coleman Correctional Facility for the duration of his federal weapons case, according to court records.

Durst had been housed in the Elayn Hunt Correctional Facility in St. Gabriel until U.S. District Judge Helen Ginger Berrigan approved the transfer on Monday. The decision stemmed from a motion filed by Durst’s attorneys on Monday.

The Manhattan real estate tycoon had an outstanding federal first-degree murder warrant for his arrest in California as a suspect in the 2000 murder of his former girlfriend Susan Berman, who authorities speculated had information about the disappearance of Durst’s wife, Kathleen, in 1982.

By 2003, he was acquitted of killing and dismembering his neighbor Morris Black in 2003, although he had skipped bail and fled with two handguns. He was convicted of the weapons charge, making him ineligible to carry handguns, according to media reports.

In March, he was arrested again in New Orleans after hotel employees called police when they witnessed Durst walking aimlessly through the hotel lobby quietly mumbling to himself, according to media reports.  Once identified, Durst was charged by the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office on an outstanding felony weapons charge.

He was found to have a latex mask, a loaded .38-caliber revolver, marijuana and a large sum of cash in his possession at the time of his arrest. The New Orleans District attorney’s office dropped the state weapons charges last week, but Durst still faces the federal weapons charge. He has agreed to extradition to California to face murder charges.

Initially, Durst had been considered a suicide risk and was not eligible to be held in Orleans Parish. Hunt correctional is the facility for inmates under suicide watch. St. Charles Parish’s Nelson Coleman Correctional facility is typically where defendants being held on federal charges are held.

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