Bathtub Death Likely Accidental, Officials Say

Julia Papazian Law probably drowned in a bathtub, perhaps after a seizure, according to two law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation.

The tentative finding may sweep aside some of the speculation surrounding the death of the 26-year-old paralegal, found facedown Saturday morning in the Center City apartment belonging to her boss, defense attorney A. Charles Peruto Jr.

No drugs or alcohol were found at the scene, the room was undisturbed, and the liquor closet was closed, the officials said.  Nothing, they said, seemed out of place.

Investigators cannot be certain of the cause of death until they review toxicology reports, which are pending.  But they said Law had been frothing at the mouth, which they said seemed to indicate a seizure.


Dead Woman Was His Girlfriend, Peruto Says

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English: Map of Philadelphia County highlighting Center City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

High-profile criminal defense attorney A. Charles Peruto Jr. confirmed Sunday that a 26-year-old woman found dead Saturday in the bathroom of a Center City home he owns was his girlfriend.

Peruto, who answered the door at the three-story brick building at South 20th Street and Delancey Place, declined to comment beyond stating that the woman “was my girlfriend.”

The woman’s identity had not been released by police as of Sunday morning, but a police source identified her as Julia Law.