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Durst’s lawyers argue search and arrest were illegal

They claim his warrant was issued to coincide with the final episode of “The Jinx”

March 21, 2015 09:34AM

Robert Durst and defense attorney Billy Gibbens

Robert Durst and defense attorney Billy Gibbens

Police found a gun in Robert Durst’s French Quarter hotel room in New Orleans last week following his arrest in connection with the cold case murder of Susan Berman. But his lawyers say that the warrant was issued “without probable cause.”

“The insufficient warrant was filed by the Los Angeles County Police Department to coincide with the final episode of the HBO docudrama ‘The Jinx,’” defense lawyer Billy Gibbens wrote in papers filed in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, according to the New York Post.

Durst is currently being held without bail in a psychiatric ward at the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center outside New Orleans.

His lawyers also argue that the possession-of-a-firearm-by-a-felon charge does not apply to Durst because he has never been convicted of a weapons charge in Louisiana.

“Under Louisiana law, none of Mr. Durst’s prior convictions qualify as a predicate felony offense,” Gibbens added. [NYP]Christopher Cameron

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