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Durst attorney says search of real estate heir's Houston home just a 'publicity stunt'

  • Ellen Strauss, who was a friend of Robert Durst’s wife Kathleen, is interviewed at The Associated Press in New York, Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Strauss believes Durst is responsible for his wife's 1982 disappearance. She told The Associated Press on Tuesday that she is "over the moon" about his arrest in New Orleans last weekend. Durst is charged with murder in the killing 15 years ago of a woman who was about to be questioned about Kathleen Durst's disappearance. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)

    Ellen Strauss, who was a friend of Robert Durst’s wife Kathleen, is interviewed at The Associated Press in New York, Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Strauss believes Durst is responsible for his wife's 1982 disappearance. She told The Associated Press on Tuesday that she is "over the moon" about his arrest in New Orleans last weekend. Durst is charged with murder in the killing 15 years ago of a woman who was about to be questioned about Kathleen Durst's disappearance. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ellen Strauss, who was a friend of Robert Durst’s wife Kathleen, is interviewed at The Associated Press in New York, Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Strauss believes Durst is responsible for his wife's 1982 disappearance. She told The Associated Press on Tuesday that she is "over the moon" about his arrest in New Orleans last weekend. Durst is charged with murder in the killing 15 years ago of a woman who was about to be questioned about Kathleen Durst's disappearance. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)

    Ellen Strauss, who was a friend of Robert Durst’s wife Kathleen, is interviewed at The Associated Press in New York, Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Strauss believes Durst is responsible for his wife's 1982 disappearance. She told The Associated Press on Tuesday that she is "over the moon" about his arrest in New Orleans last weekend. Durst is charged with murder in the killing 15 years ago of a woman who was about to be questioned about Kathleen Durst's disappearance. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, March 17, 2015, file photo, Robert Durst is escorted into Orleans Parish Prison after his arraignment in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court in New Orleans. The whispered words of Durst recorded in an unguarded moment in a bathroom could come back to haunt him - or help him - as he faces a murder charge. A possible move by prosecutors to introduce the incriminating material from a six-part documentary on his strange life and connection to three killings could back fire as interview footage did in the Michael Jackson molestation trial and the Robert Blake murder case.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, March 17, 2015, file photo, Robert Durst is escorted into Orleans Parish Prison after his arraignment in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court in New Orleans. The whispered words of Durst recorded in an unguarded moment in a bathroom could come back to haunt him - or help him - as he faces a murder charge. A possible move by prosecutors to introduce the incriminating material from a six-part documentary on his strange life and connection to three killings could back fire as interview footage did in the Michael Jackson molestation trial and the Robert Blake murder case. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)  (The Associated Press)

As investigators sift through items seized in a search of Robert Durst's Houston home, the troubled millionaire's attorney says he would be surprised if any evidence against his client were found.

Dick DeGuerin called the search of the condominium Tuesday "a publicity stunt" by a California prosecutor looking to pin the 15-year-old slaying of a former Durst confidante on his client.

The 71-year-old heir to a New York real estate fortune remains in custody in New Orleans after his weekend arrest, which came shortly before the finale of an HBO series about his links to the slaying of three people, including Susan Berman, in whose death he's charged.

Durst has been suspected but never charged in the disappearance of his first wife. He was acquitted of murder in Texas in 2003.