The Real Deal New York

Robert Durst’s Louisiana gun case to proceed

A judge rejected the Durst family scion's motion to dismiss evidence in the case

October 08, 2015 11:10AM

Robert Durst

Robert Durst

Before he can travel to California to face trial for murder, Robert Durst will have to resolve the gun possession charge that’s kept him under lock and key since March.

A Louisiana judge rejected Durst’s legal team’s motion to dismiss evidence in the Durst family scion’s lesser-known criminal proceeding, ruling that the search that unearthed the .38-caliber revolver was legal.

Durst faces a maximum 10 year sentence in the case. His team still has a chance to appeal the ruling or offer a plea bargain.

Otherwise the case will proceed to trial next year, the New York Times reported.

Behind the story:

Robert Durst

Durst, the subject of the HBO documentary series “The Jinx,” is accused of murdering a close friend, Susan Berman, in 2000. He was found not guilty of murdering a neighbor in Galveston, Texas in 2003, despite admitting to have dismembered the man’s body.

This past weekend, “The Jinx” co-creator Andrew Jarecki said the Durst family could have helped prevent those two murders.

Durst was also a suspect in the disappearance of his then-wife, Kathleen Durst, in 1982. [NYT]Ariel Stulberg