‘DURST, COME HOME’

A lawyer representing wealthy real-estate scion and accused killer Robert Durst yesterday begged his client to turn himself in.

High-profile defense lawyer Michael Kennedy – retained by the Durst family estate to represent the eccentric heir – fears his “very fragile” client’s run from the law could end in a blaze of bullets.

“Robert, if you see or hear this, please come home,” Kennedy appealed. “Your family is solidly behind you.”

Durst, 58, is accused of the grisly Galveston, Texas, dismemberment murder of a crotchety 71-year-old neighbor with whom he frequently fought. Morris Black’s body parts were dumped in Galveston Bay, and Durst was arrested Oct. 9.

Durst, the eldest son of late property mogul Seymour Durst, posted $300,000 bail, but failed to appear at a hearing last week and disappeared.

He has not contacted his family – from which he has been estranged for more than a decade – and his whereabouts are a mystery, Kennedy told reporters.

“We have been working on this for almost a week and have exhausted all our leads,” Kennedy said. “He’s a very fragile human being. We have reason to believe he wants to come in but is terribly frightened.”

After Durst was busted, cops in Los Angeles and New York raced to Texas to question him about the murder of a friend and the disappearance of his wife.

Kathleen Durst vanished in 1982, and police sources say detectives have long eyed her husband as the possible killer. Her body has never been found, though, and she is still listed as a missing person.

Police in Westchester – where the couple lived – reopened the case last year and had planned to interview a close Durst pal, Los Angeles writer Susan Berman. But before they could do so, the author was murdered Christmas Eve with a bullet to the head.

Kennedy called speculation about any possible role his client may have played in the tragedies “irresponsible.”

Durst was “very cooperative” when he was arrested, but Kennedy suggested the “great deal of fanfare” his arrest sparked may have triggered paranoia and his flight.

“I think he felt besieged and made a mistake in judgment,” Kennedy said. “There is a danger from the police and we want to lower the level and turn down the volume.

Since his flight, Durst’s bank accounts have been frozen. Earlier, it was believed he had crossed the Mexican border, but Kennedy now thinks his client is still in the United States.

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