Cross-dressing millionaire murder suspect Robert Durst asked a Texas judge for permission to fire his defense lawyers, claiming they were trying to squeeze him for another $600,000 in legal fees, it was reported yesterday.
In a letter to Galveston District Court Judge Susan Criss last month, Durst said he had already paid $1.2 million in retainers to Houston lawyers Dick DeGuerin and Michael Ramsey to cover all costs related to his pending trial, according to CourtTV.com.
“If it was just a question of money, I would pay the $600,000,” wrote the oddball, 60-year-old Manhattan real estate scion, whose trial begins Aug. 25.
“However, if I made this payment I would not be able to be in a room with [them] and hold my head up or look either individual in the eyes . . . How can I trust two individuals who treat me like this with my life?”
Criss said she immediately summoned Durst and the lawyers to the courthouse for a meeting, during which the two sides resolved their differences.
Durst is accused of shooting, beheading and dismembering elderly next-door neighbor Morris Black in September 2001 and tossing the parts in Galveston Bay.
Durst, who often wore women’s clothing and a wig, has admitted killing Black, 71, but claims self-defense.