Last week’s arrest of a Connecticut lawyer in the fatal stabbing of a neighbor he allegedly believed had sexually assaulted his 2-year-old daughter has captured the attention of the state’s legal community, which has seen several of its members convicted of theft and embezzlement, but few for crimes of passion.

In the days after Fairfield patent attorney Jonathon Edington’s Aug. 28 arrest in the slaying of Barry James, the intrigue over the alleged murder turned to questions over Edington’s possible defense strategy.

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