HBO(NEW ORLEANS) — Robert Durst returned to court in New Orleans for two hearings Monday, with prosecutors telling the judge that the only way to determine how likely a flight risk Durst is would be to pore through his criminal history.
Durst’s first appearance Monday was a bail hearing on two weapons charges, while the second hearing is to contest his arrest on a murder warrant issued by Los Angeles police.
Wearing an orange jumpsuit, the handcuffed Durst appeared impassive and disoriented in court, shifting in his chair.
As for his chances of being granted bail, they’re “slim to none, and none just left town,” Durst’s attorney, Dick DeGuerin, told ABC News before the court appearance.
The New York real estate heir was arrested on March 14 by FBI agents at a New Orleans hotel in connection with the death of Susan Berman in Los Angeles 15 years ago.
Durst’s attorneys have said Durst is innocent and say they plan to tell the court that the L.A. arrest warrant is invalid and there wasn’t enough evidence to arrest him.
“Bob Durst didn’t kill Susan Berman and he doesn’t know who did,” DeGuerin said outside court last Tuesday. “That being said my concern that the warrant that was issued in California was issued because of a television show and not because of facts.”
“We want to contest the basis for his arrest because I think it’s not based on facts, it’s based on ratings. So we will continue to fight for Bob. We want to get to California as quickly as we can so that we can get to a court of law and try the case where it needs to be tried,” DeGuerin said.
Durst has spent the past week at a jail equipped to deal with the mentally ill.
FBI agents believed Durst, 71, may have wanted to flee the country, possibly to Cuba, as he registered under an alias at the hotel, paid with cash, and was found with fake documents, a law enforcement source briefed on the investigation told ABC News.
The day of Durst’s arrest was the day of the first nonstop flight from New Orleans to Cuba since 1958, according to nola.com.
Police say, at the time of Durst’s arrest, they also found him in possession of a full-face latex mask, more than $42,000 in cash, enough pot for about 300 joints, a fake ID, a real passport and a .38 special revolver with four live rounds.
Durst has denied killing Berman, but some believed he had a motive, allegedly wanting to silence her about the 1982 disappearance of his first wife, Kathleen Durst.
Kathleen was officially declared dead in 2001, and Robert Durst has said he has no idea what happened to her.
Durst was also charged in the 2001 killing of a neighbor in Galveston, Texas, but he claimed self-defense and was later found not guilty.
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