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Millionaire heir Durst to face murder charge next week

Arrest: Durst after his incarceration last wek
Arrest: Durst after his incarceration last wek

A judge has scheduled a hearing next week for millionaire Robert Durst, who faces weapons and drug charges in Louisiana and a murder charge in Los Angeles.

Durst made his second appearance before a judge in as many days after being arrested on Saturday at a New Orleans hotel on the murder charge. Authorities found a revolver and nearly 150g of marijuana in his hotel room.

Durst's lawyer said the murder charge was based on a television show and not on fact.

In the finale of The Jinx: The Life And Deaths Of Robert Durst, which aired on Sunday on HBO, the property empire heir was heard saying: "What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course."

Durst waived extradition to return to Los Angeles to face the charges.

Los Angeles prosecutors charged him with first-degree murder in the killing of his friend Susan Berman.

Ms Berman had acted as Durst's spokeswoman after his wife disappeared in 1982.

She was shot in the back of the head in her LA home in December 2000 just before New York authorities planned to interview her about Kathleen Durst's disappearance.

Prosecutors say Durst would be eligible for execution under special circumstances alleging murder of a witness and lying in wait with use of a gun.

The judge scheduled the next hearing for next Monday.