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In brief: ‘Too fat to kill’ defense rejected

Sat., Nov. 7, 2009

Hackensack, N.J. – A jury convicted a Florida man Friday of murdering his former son-in-law, rejecting the man’s defense that he was too fat to have run up and down a flight of stairs to commit the crime and make a quick getaway.

Edward Ates looked down and shook his head in court as he was found guilty of murder and weapons counts for killing Paul Duncsak, who was shot six times at his home in Ramsey, about 25 miles northwest of New York.

Ates’ “too fat to kill” defense provided an angle to the trial that attracted attention from the news media but didn’t sway the jury of eight women and four men, who reached a verdict on their second day of deliberations after a six-week trial.

Ates had argued he didn’t have the energy to accurately shoot Duncsak from a perch on the staircase at Duncsak’s home in August 2006. He was 62 years old, 5-feet-8 and 285 pounds at the time of the murder.

Jackson’s father seeks allowance

Los Angeles – Michael Jackson’s father is seeking an allowance from his son’s estate to help cover expenses that exceed $15,000 a month, according to court documents filed Friday.

The request seeking an unspecified amount for Joe Jackson was filed by lawyer Brian Oxman, who said there was no apparent reason for the administrators of the estate to not seek an allowance for the Jackson family patriarch.

Michael Jackson’s 2002 will, however, omitted any mention of his father. The two had an often-strained relationship, and Michael Jackson said at one point that he would get physically sick – as a child and as an adult – at the sight of his father.

The singer’s private trust calls for money to be paid to his mother, Katherine, his three young children, and various charities.

A judge has approved more than $26,000 in payments to Katherine Jackson each month, and a $60,000 monthly payment for the care of the children.


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