Robert Durst 'was tricked' by 'Jinx' filmmakers, lawyer says

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Real estate heir Robert Durst appears in a New York criminal courtroom on December 10, 2014, for his trial on charges of trespassing on property owned by his estranged family.
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Dick DeGuerin, Robert Durst's lawyer, says his client "was tricked" by the filmmakers behind the popular HBO series "The Jinx."

Durst, a millionaire real estate mogul who has been charged with murder, was advised by his other lawyers not to participate in the series, according to DeGuerin. In one scene, his voice is captured on a microphone while he's in the bathroom muttering to himself: "What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course."

"I think he was regretting it in that bathroom conversation,'' DeGuerin told TODAY's Savannah Guthrie in an exclusive interview Tuesday. "Yes, he didn't take the good advice that he got from lawyers other than me. I didn't talk to him about it, he didn't ask me about it, but he didn't take that advice, and he was tricked as he was told probably would happen.

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"There's no question. It's all in the editing. The editing was designed for good television, but it wasn't designed to get to the truth."

An official testified Monday that investigators found a map of Cuba in Durst's New Orleans hotel room when he was arrested.

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More from DeGuerin:

  • On Durst's competence to stand trial: "I believe he's competent,'' DeGuerin said. "He's not in good health. He's got some very serious health problems, but he's competent. He's not suicidal. Frankly, he's relieved to be able to finally get a chance to get into court on all these rumors that have been swirling around, if we can just get to court in California.''