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LOS ANGELES - Robert Durst, the eccentric New York real estate heir whose been a constant target for tabloid news, pleaded not guilty to murder charge in the execution-style slaying of a writer, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Durst, 73, made his first court appearance -- entering the courtroom in a wheelchair -- in Los Angeles Monday and pleaded not guilty to a murder charge. Durst wore a neck brace, a blue and white striped shirt and khaki pants.

Durst is accused of carrying out the December 2000 shooting of writer Susan Berman, a confidant who had befriended him while they attended classes at UCLA, because she was a witness to a crime, the Times reported.

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