Man Claims He Was Too Fat To Kill His Former Son-In-Law

New Jersey prosecutors are trying to portray a Florida man who claims he was too fat to have killed his former son-in-law as a skilled marksman.

Edward Ates claims he didn't have the energy to accurately shoot Paul Duncsak and make a quick getaway.

Under cross-examination Thursday, Ates admitted he once used his revolver to shoot a snake during a road trip.

The 62-year-old was 285 pounds when Duncsak was killed in 2006.

Duncsak and Ates' daughter were involved in a bitter custody dispute after their divorce.

A defense lawyer says the prosecution theory would mean that the killer would have had to run up a set of stairs. He says Ates couldn't have done that and fired a gun accurately. He says exertion would cause his hands to shake.

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  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Oct 30, 2009 at 10:15 AM
    I like it, the "Big Mac" attack. He should sue McDees like that little old lady who spilled hot coffee in her lap! Maybe they should put him on the sniper team, he did shoot a snake one time! I guess that makes me a "skilled marksman" also! How stupid a defense, but hey it might work...
  • by Wanda Location: Kenansville on Oct 30, 2009 at 06:49 AM
  • by LOL Location: Ahoskie on Oct 29, 2009 at 03:00 PM
    These news stories just keep getting better and better. I never knew there was such a thing as being TOO fat to commit a murder. Lock this guy up and throw away the key.
  • by hello Location: goldsboro,nc on Oct 29, 2009 at 12:56 PM
    Now if you buy that I'll throw the golden gate in free.
  • by CHASE on Oct 29, 2009 at 12:32 PM
    First time I ever heard that you got to be a skilled marksman to shoot and kill somebody.What some dumb defense attorneys.To be sure they can come up with a better excuse (LIE) than that.But in New Jersey them liberals in the court might buy it.It sure would'nt work in this state.

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