Update 4/10/15: Durst now faces federal charges for possessing a weapon as a felon. A grand jury for the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana indicted the accused murderer Friday afternoon.
Grand Jury Returns Indictment Against Robert Durst for Being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm http://t.co/Fl4I6n4j4F
— U.S. Attorney EDLA (@EDLAnews) April 10, 2015
The jurors cited in part Title 18, section 922(g) of the U.S. Code, which reads:
It shall be unlawful for any person, who has been convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year; to ship or transport in interstate or foreign commerce, or possess in or affecting commerce, any firearm or ammunition; or to receive any firearm or ammunition which has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.
Robert Durst, accused murderer and subject of HBO documentary series “The Jinx,” was indicted on two gun charges in New Orleans Wednesday morning, delaying extradition to Los Angeles for the 2000 murder of Susan Berman indefinitely.
An Orleans Parish grand jury indicted Durst on one count of possession of a firearm, a felony, and possessing a firearm in the presence of a controlled substance, after police found a loaded handgun and marijuana in Durst’s hotel room when he was arrested on March 14.
New Orleans district attorneys had attempted to determine over the past few weeks whether Durst’s 2004 plea agreement in an unrelated case qualified him as a felon, which would upgrade the gun possession charge from what would normally be a misdemeanor.
Durst has been held without bail since a magistrate deemed the millionaire an extreme flight risk on March 23.
Los Angeles law enforcement authorized Durst’s March 14 arrest and have been waiting since then for him to be extradited to Southern California. Durst’s possible involvement in the unsolved murder of his friend Berman was detailed in the HBO miniseries.