1. Dick DeGuerin, attorney for Robert Durst, leaves Orleans Parish Criminal District Court
2.SOUNDBITE (English) Dick DeGuerin, attorney for Robert Durst
"This is gonna be another week in which we've tried to get into court and start the process of trying this case... trying this case and the case in LA. We want to be in court, we want to hear witnesses we want to cross-examine witnesses. The court sounds like to me they're trying to hide the ball. We tried everything we could to get the witnesses here. We subpeoned the FBI agents we subpoeneaed the state trooper. Now we're gonna have to go through another proceding just to get the witnesses. You cannot cross-examine and affadavit. We're entitled to cross-examine the witnesses -- that's a basic rule of the constitution. We're gonna keep on trying and we're not going to give up. Thank you very much."
3. Various of activity outside the courthouse
4. Various of the side entrance of the courthouse where inmates are transported. The entrance is surrounded by razor wire fencing
5. Police units transporting inmates through the secure back courthouse entrance
A weapons-charge hearing for troubled millionaire real estate heir Robert Durst was delayed Thursday after FBI agents failed to show up to testify about his arrest at a New Orleans hotel last month.
Magistrate Judge Harry Cantrell reluctantly agreed to the delay and set another hearing for next Thursday. In the meantime, Durst will remain jailed without bond in Louisiana- even as his attorneys say their 71-year-old client is ready to head to California, where he faces a more serious charge: murder of his friend and spokeswoman in a 15-year-old case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Duane Evans told Cantrell that two federal agents and a state trooper assigned to a federal task force were instructed not to testify because more time was needed for a review of their subpoenas.
Durst was arrested in March at a New Orleans hotel. His attorneys say the FBI illegally searched his room. They say agents "rummaged" through it without a warrant.
Durst was arrested at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in New Orleans on the California warrant and later was booked on the Louisiana charges: possession of a firearm by a felon and illegal possession of a firearm and a controlled dangerous substance.
Among the issues at Thursday's hearing were whether the state has probable cause to hold Durst on the weapons charges as well motions by the defense to have the Louisiana warrant thrown out - largely because, the defense says, the search of Durst's hotel room was illegal.
Prosecutor Mark Burton of the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office first asked for a delay, saying the latest motions, amounting to more than 130 pages, were filed too late for him to adequately review them. Defense lawyer Dick DeGuerin objected to the delay, and Cantrell kept the hearing going.
But then FBI agents C. Williams and C. Bender and state Trooper Saunders Craine were called to testify. When they didn't show up, the defense had no witnesses to call, and Cantrell put proceedings off for a week.
Durst's lawyers say the arrest in New Orleans was illegal, and timed to coincide with that weekend's airing of the final episode of "The Jinx," an HBO documentary about Durst.