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Ex-agent may testify about FBI search of Durst's room

1 year 4 months 1 week ago July 23, 2015 Jul 23, 2015 Thursday, July 23 2015 July 23, 2015 2:06 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Janet McConnaughey

NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge says lawyers for real estate heir Robert Durst may call a former FBI agent as an expert witness to testify about whether agents made an illegal search of a New Orleans hotel room before arresting Durst on a weapons charge.

U.S. District Judge Helen Berrigan ruled Thursday in a case accusing Durst of possessing a firearm after a felony conviction. The charge is keeping the 72-year-old millionaire in Louisiana, although he waived extradition to Los Angeles, where he's charged with murder.

Durst's lawyers contend the FBI and state police illegally searched his hotel room. They say in court papers that Houston attorney and former FBI agent Don DeGabrielle - who is also a former federal prosecutor - will testify about federal procedures for searches, inventories and arrests.

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