Police investigating the killing of a 71-year-old man in Galveston, Texas, have arrested Robert Durst, once considered a "person of interest" in the shooting death of Los Angeles author Susan Berman.
Los Angeles police said they have no plans to interview Durst, 58, whom they had questioned after Berman was found slain in her Benedict Canyon home Dec. 24. A police spokesman played down a connection between the new case and the slaying of Berman, 55, the daughter of long-dead Las Vegas mob figure David Berman.
Sgt. John Pasquariello of the Los Angeles Police Department said the arrest "may have some relevance. He has been arrested for murder. He was acquainted with the woman who was murdered." But, he added, "beyond that there is no direct connection between Durst and the [Berman] murder."
Galveston police did not return phone calls Thursday afternoon, and calls to detectives on the Berman case also went unreturned.
According to wire reports, a police investigation and phone tip Tuesday led officers to Durst, who was arrested without incident in the slaying of his 71-year-old neighbor, whose name was withheld pending notification of relatives. Durst was being held in Galveston County Jail on $250,000 bond.