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Convicted killer slits wrist

PALATKA _ A man convicted of two murders and of hiring a hit man to kill his wife apparently tried to kill himself early Friday by slitting his left wrist and both legs, authorities said. Kosta Fotopoulos, 31, was treated at Putnam Community Hospital hours after his conviction. He received several stitches and was returned to the Putnam County Jail, said Putnam County sheriff's Maj. David Stout. Fotopoulos was placed in an isolation cell under a 24-hour guard. Stout said Fotopoulos didn't cut any main arteries and his wounds did not appear to be life threatening. Officers were investigating what he used to cut himself. The sentencing phase of Fotopoulos' trial was to begin Monday, and it was not immediately known whether the injuries would delay the hearing. Jurors must recommend life in prison or the death penalty for Fotopoulos.AIDS victim seeks $1-million

STUART _ A circuit judge has cleared the way for a Fort Pierce woman with AIDS to pursue a $1-million claim against the estate of the dentist she says gave her the disease during a tooth extraction. Kimberly Bergalis, 22, wants the Chicago company that provided malpractice insurance for the late Dr. David Acer of Stuart to pay her the maximum limit on his policy by Nov. 1. If CNA Insurance Co. refuses, Bergalis' attorneys said, a suit will be filed against Acer's estate for a much larger amount. Acer died Sept. 3 of AIDS-related cancer. The $1-million claim was made possible after Circuit Judge Robert Makemson on Thursday refused to approve the dentist's will. CNA attorney Dennis Vandenberg said the company probably will not pay on Nov. 1. Bergalis said she wanted the money for her parents. "It's not going to buy me a cure," she said. "I might not ever see this money. It could take a year or so. I don't know if I'll still be alive."

_ Compiled from wire reports

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