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Jury Convicts Man Who Used Too-Fat-To-Kill Defense

The jury in the too-fat-too-kill murder case didn't buy a Florida man's argument that he was too overweight to have climbed the stairs at his ex son-in-law's New Jersey home to shoot him to death.

Edward Ates.

A New Jersey jury convicted Edward Ates of murder, rejecting his defense argument that his girth would have made it impossible to shoot his ex son-in-law. (AP Photo)

Edward Ates was convicted by a New Jersey jury Friday for the murder of Paul Duncsak who had a nasty custody fight with Ate's daughter.

At the time of the murder, Ates was 5 feet 8 inches tall and 285 pounds at the time of the murder in 2006. His defense team had argued that their client would have been too winded after climbing the stairs to hold a gun steady enough to shoot Duncsak.

But prosecutors said Ates, who been a good shot in the military and, more recently, had shot a snake, and therefore, certainly capable of committing the killing.

As we wrote earlier in the week, the defense and prosecution arguments in the courtroom were more colorful than most television crime-drama scripts.