Killer real estate heir Robert Durst has been arrested in New Orleans on a murder warrant issued by Los Angeles County.

Durst, 71, is currently being held on a first-degree warrant by the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office.

The Los Angeles Times reports he has been arrested in connection with the 2000 killing of writer Sarah Berman. Durst has previously been questioned, but never charged, in connection with the execution-style murder of Berman in her California home.

He previously admitted killing and dismembering his neighbour Morris Black, but was acquitted of murder after a jury accepted his claims of self-defense.

Durst was also a suspect in the 1982 disappearance his first wife, Kathleen Durst, and was also questioned by police but never charged.

The Los Angeles district attorney recently reopened the investigation Berman's death, and is examining if there is a link between her death and Durst's missing wife.

Berman, who acted as an "informal spokesman" for Durst after his wife disappeared, was found on Christmas Eve 2000 with a single gunshot wound to the head.

One year later, Durst went on trial in 2001 for the murder of his neighbour, Black.

Durst admitted killing and dumping Black's remains in Galveston Bay, Texas, but successfully argued he had acted in self-defence as Black was violent.

Last year, Durst was arrested for urinating on a drug-store sweet display near his home in southwest Houston.

Durst is the subject of a three-part HBO series, The Jinx, about his suspected roles in three murders, including that of Berman.

The final episode is due to be broadcast on Sunday (15 March).