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Parole For Millionaire Who Cut Up Neighbor's Body Ends Wednesday

 A New York real estate heir who cut up his neighbor's dead body and then dumped it in a bay completes his parole on Wednesday and wants to get away from the spotlight, his lawyer said Monday.

"He just plans to live the rest of his life as anonymously and as quietly as possible," Houston attorney Dick DeGuerin said.

Robert Durst, 63, was acquitted three years ago in the death of neighbor Morris Black, who was shot while the men struggled over a gun during an argument. But Durst has been on Texas state parole since 2004, when he pleaded guilty in Galveston to related felony evidence-tampering and bail-jumping charges.

The son of the late Seymour Durst, patriarch of the billion-dollar Durst Organization that owns several New York skyscrapers, Robert Durst suffers from a mild form of autism called Asperger's Syndrome, which contributed to his poor judgment, Durst's psychiatrist testified during the trial.

Durst moved to Galveston, an island 60 miles (100 kilometers) southeast of Houston amid an investigation into the 1982 disappearance of his first wife, He posed as a mute woman and lived in a dingy apartment, where he met Black.

Before beginning parole in July 2005, Durst served nine months in a New Jersey federal prison after pleading guilty to possessing two pistols after he jumped bail in October 2001, and fled Texas.

He was arrested Nov. 30, 2001, for shoplifting from a Pennsylvania supermarket. He had $38,000 (€29,000) in his rental car trunk at the time.

Durst was arrested on charges of violating his parole last December for visiting Galveston, the Houston Galleria and other places without permission. Durst and his trial judge, Susan Criss, bumped into each other at the Houston mall.

Parole terms were loosened to allow him to travel in Texas without getting permission for each trip.

Durst said during the trial that he would take responsibility for disposing the body and jumping bond, DeGuerin said. "He's done that. He's paid his price to society and he's going to go on with his life."

The multimillionaire will not return to Galveston, where the 2001 incident happened, but "he likes Texas," said DeGuerin, declining to disclose where his client intends to live. "He doesn't want his plans to be public."

Earlier this month, Durst caused a stir when he was spotted outside the new Galveston County Justice Center, where Criss works.

DeGuerin scoffed at the attention that garnered.

"He was early for his doctor's appointment at (the University of Texas Medical Branch) and he was curious - there's a new courthouse," DeGuerin said. "Of course he's radioactive in Galveston... He had every right to be there."

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