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Too fat to kill? US man uses weight as a defense

Too fat to kill? US man uses weight as a defense

A Florida man accused of killing his former son-in-law in New Jersey says he was too fat to have committed the crime.
When Edward Ates takes the stand in his own defense Thursday, he's expected to tell jurors he didn't have the energy to accurately shoot Paul Duncsak and make a quick getaway.
Ates was 62 years old, 5 feet 8 (1.72 meters) and 285 pounds (129.28 kilograms) when Duncsak was killed in 2006.
Duncsak and Ates' daughter were involved in a bitter custody dispute after their divorce.
Prosecutors claim Ates drove from Florida to Duncsak's home in Ramsey and climbed a staircase to shoot the 40-year-old pharmaceutical executive.
A defense attorney says Ates' weight caused asthma, sleep apnea and other ailments.


Updated : 2021-03-08 11:53 GMT+08:00