New York heir Robert Durst pleads not guilty to murder

Robert Durst

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Real estate heir Robert Durst has pleaded not guilty to murder in the death of a friend who authorities said Durst wanted to keep from talking to investigators looking into the disappearance of his first wife.

The 73-year-old Durst entered the plea Monday during a long-awaited appearance in a Los Angeles courtroom in the death of Susan Berman 16 years ago.

Durst was already a well-known figure in his native New York. But he became a national name when HBO aired the documentary “The Jinx” that followed his life and cast suspicion on him involving several crimes.

Los Angeles County prosecutors have been seeking to bring Durst to California since shortly after his arrest in March 2015.

But he first faced a federal weapons charge in New Orleans, where he pleaded guilty in April and then began serving a seven-year prison sentence in Indiana.

Durst’s attorney has said his client is eager to prove his innocence in Los Angeles.

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