Robert Durst is set to be arraigned on Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, where he plans to plead not guilty to the 2000 murder of Susan Berman, TheWrap has learned.
“Bob Durst didn’t kill Susan Berman, doesn’t know who did and he’s eager to get to trial,” Durst’s lawyer Dick DeGuerin told TheWrap on Friday.
“The Jinx” subject has been transferred to Southern California from Louisiana, where he was being held on weapons charges after pleading guilty in February, which resulted in a seven-year, one-month federal prison sentence.
He now faces a first-degree murder trial for the shooting death of Berman, his longtime friend who had acted as an alibi following his first wife Kathleen McCormack’s disappearance in 1982. L.A. district attorneys reopened the murder case after evidence was revealed during HBO’s “The Jinx” that further implicated Durst.
The real estate heir was arrested in New Orleans in connection with Berman’s murder, on Mar. 14, 2015, the day before the finale of the documentary series about Durst aired.
Preliminary hearings in the Berman case are expected to take place next spring, with the trial planned for later in 2017.
Durst garnered notoriety after HBO documentary “The Jinx” became a sensation, which was made all the more irresistible when its finale captured the alleged killer confessing to his crimes when he didn’t realize his microphone was on.
The series ended with Durst speaking into the microphone he didn’t know was on: “What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.”
An untitled Robert Durst movie is currently in the works at Lifetime.