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Writing error delayed Durst link

A document examiner's erroneous handwriting analysis 14 years ago delayed authorities in linking millionaire Robert Durst to a friend's death until after he was accused of killing someone else, a search warrant says.

Durst was arrested in New Orleans over the weekend and charged with murder in California for the December 2000 shooting death of Susan Berman.

Durst's arrest came shortly before the finale of an HBO television series about him.

Ms Berman was a friend who acted as Durst's spokeswoman after his wife disappeared in 1982.

After Ms Berman's death, Durst was accused of killing a 71-year-old neighbour in Texas whose chopped up body was found in Galveston Bay. Durst was acquitted of murder in that killing.

Authorities searched Durst's Houston home on Tuesday. The warrant details the timeline of the Berman case.

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