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'Too Fat to Kill' Fla. Man Convicted of Murder

12:23 AM, Nov 7, 2009   |    comments
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HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Edward Ates weighed 285 pounds when he was accused of murdering his former son-in-law in New Jersey in 2006. He argued that he was innocent: He was too fat to kill and make a getaway to Louisiana.

Today, the scales of justice tipped against Ates.

A New Jersey jury rejected his defense and convicted the Florida resident of murdering Paul Duncsak, 40, of Ramsey, N.J.

Ates, who is 5'8", testified he had no motive for killing Duncsak and did not have the energy to accurately shoot him and quickly flee. He was 62 at the time.

Prosecutors said Ates drove from Florida to Duncsak's home, climbed a staircase and shot Duncsak, who was involved in a bitter custody dispute with Ates's daughter after they divorced.

Sentencing is set for Dec. 17.


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