Witnesses fail to show at Durst’s first New Orleans hearing

His lawyers claim defendant's room was searched without a proper warrant

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From left: Robert Durst and Dick DeGuerin

Federal Bureau of Investigation agents failed to show up to A Scheduled Court hearing for Robert Durst in New Orleans on Thursday.

Durst’s attorneys wanted to question the agents, according to Reuters, arguing that Durst’s arrest and the search of his hotel room — where authorities found marijuana and a gun — were done without a valid warrant.

Durst’s defense lawyer Dick DeGuerin claimed that prosecutors played “a game of hide the ball” after telling the federal agents not to show up to the hearing because more time to prepare a case was needed, Reuters reported.

Durst is stuck in New Orleans — he is being held in a psychiatric facility and has been put on suicide watch — until he gets extradited to Los Angeles to face charges related to the murder on his friend Susan Berman, who was shot in the back of the head in her Los Angeles home in 2000.

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Durst was heard whispering that he “killed them all, of course” during the finale of “The Jinx,” an HBO documentary series about his life.

The hearing has been delayed until April 9. [Reuters]Claire Moses