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Robert Durst's attorney dismisses 'The Jinx' as 'an effort to win an Emmy'

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The attorney for Robert Durst, the millionaire subject of HBO’s The Jinx who was recently arrested in New Orleans in connection with the murder of his friend Susan Berman 15 years ago, is speaking out about his client on 48 Hours, in his only network TV interview.

In an interview airing Saturday, Dick DeGuerin tells 48 Hours‘ Erin Moriarty that the prosecution has a “weak circumstantial evidence case” against Durst. He accuses the Los Angeles prosecutors of using some questionable tactics, like interviewing Durst for three hours without an attorney present. 

On the clip of bathroom audio recorded in the final episode of The Jinx (in which Durst is heard saying to himself, “killed them all”) DeGuerin says, “I think it was great drama… but it’s not the truth.” 

“I think people are fascinated by wealth, by strangeness and by mystery,” DeGuerin tells 48 Hours. “And I think the case has all of those things.” Though he warns against sensationalism and good television possibly shrouding what really happened: “I think the case ought to be tried on the facts and not on an effort to win an Emmy.”

Speaking to the widespread media attention the case has received, DeGuerin adds that Durst is “… not enjoying it. But, he’s reconciled to the fact that we’re going to go to California and we’re finally going to put to rest all the rumors that have been flying around him for 15 years.”

The 48 Hours episode “The Bizarre Saga of Robert Durst” will air Saturday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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