Real estate heir Robert Durst arrested in 2000 murder case, LA police say

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(CNN) -- New York real estate heir Robert Durst has been arrested in a 14-year-old slaying in Los Angeles, police said Sunday.

The 71-year-old millionaire was arrested without incident in New Orleans, where he had been staying at a hotel, Saturday night in connection with the 2000 slaying of his longtime friend, crime writer Susan Berman, Los Angeles police said.

Berman was found shot to death in her home in Beverly Hills in December 2000.

Durst was jailed without bond in New Orleans on an outstanding warrant from Los Angeles County and was awaiting an extradition hearing Monday morning.

'We will waive extradition and get to Los Angeles as soon as possible to answer the charges," Durst's attorney, Chip Lewis, said on Sunday.

A law enforcement official briefed on the arrest told CNN that authorities believed Durst was getting ready to flee the country. He was staying at JW Marriott hotel under a false name, paid for his room with cash and was carrying a fake driver's license, the official said.

The Los Angeles County district attorney reopened the Berman homicide investigation last week. Police have never filed charges in the case, but have long suspected Durst was connected to the execution-style killing, according to a new HBO documentary titled "The Jinx."

The arrest comes as the last episode of the "The Jinx," a six-part series produced and directed by Andrew Jareck, is scheduled to air Sunday night. HBO is owned by CNN's parent company, Time Warner.

The program details the death of Berman and explores whether Durst was connected to the disappearance of his young wife, Kathleen Durst, in 1982 and the killing of Berman. The documentary also explores investigators' suspicions that Berman was killed because she knew what happened to Kathleen Durst.

The New York real estate mogul was charged in 2003 in the murder and dismemberment of a 71-year-old neighbor in Galveston, Texas, but was found not guilty of the charges. Durst claimed self-defense in the killing.

CNN's Jack Hannah and Carma Hassan contributed to this story By Vivian Kuo, Shimon Prokupecz and Shelby Lin Erdman