DURST TO FACE MUSIC IN TEXAS

Wearing classic charcoal-gray huge glasses and Converse All-Star sneakers, cross-dressing millionaire Robert Durst yesterday waived extradition to Texas to face charges of beheading and carving up an elderly neighbor.

“He has a viable defense and he intends to show it. He’s anxious to get back to Texas to begin preparing his defense,” his lawyer, Michael Kennedy, said after a 15-minute hearing in Easton, Pa.

Northampton County (Pa.) District Attorney John Morganelli agreed not to prosecute Durst for the bag of marijuana and two .38-caliber guns found in his car following his arrest Nov. 30.

Durst is expected to be flown back to Texas this weekend.

“We’re glad to be rid of him,” said Morganelli.

Durst, an heir to one of the Big Apple’s largest real-estate fortunes, is accused of the grisly murder of 71-year-old Morris Black, his next-door neighbor in Galveston, Texas, whose torso and limbs washed up in Galveston Bay on Sept. 30.

Durst, 58, jumped bail and went on the lam for seven weeks before he was arrested in Bethlehem, Pa., trying to shoplift a $5.99 sandwich.

The eccentric millionaire had donned a wig and a dress and posed as a woman when he rented apartments in Galveston and New Orleans. His head and eyebrows were shaved when he was arrested.

But at yesterday’s extradition hearing, Durst sported a bushy beard and salt-and-pepper hair. He wore a charcoal-gray sport jacket, dark slacks, glasses with huge lenses, and black-and-white Converse All-Star basketball sneakers.

He answered questions in monosyllables.

Durst rented the Galveston and New Orleans apartments soon after Westchester County DA Jeanine Pirro revealed she had reopened the investigation into the disappearance of his first wife, Kathleen, 20 years ago.

“We will get to the bottom of what happened to Kathleen Durst – one way or another,” Pirro vowed.

As Durst was led from the courtroom in shackles, Gilberte Najamy, who was Kathleen’s best friend, leaned over and whispered to him. He ignored her and she burst into tears.

“I miss Kathie,” Najamy said. “I’ve missed her every single day for the past 20 years.”

(NY Post)

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