Grand Jury to Investigate Paralegal's Bathtub Death

Woman found face-down in her lawyer boss' Rittenhouse Square home

By Vince Lattanzio
|  Friday, Jun 7, 2013  |  Updated 1:47 PM EDT
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Grand Jury to Investigate Paralegal's Bathtub Death

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Julia Law, 26, was found dead in the home of her lover and boss Chuck Peruto, Jr. on May 26. She was found submerged face-down in a third-floor bathtub. Police are now investigating her death.

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A grand jury is being convened to investigate the death of a paralegal at her boss’ Philadelphia home.

Julia Law was found face-down in a bathtub at the Rittenhouse Square home of prominent attorney Chuck Pertuo, Jr. on May 25.

The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office says they will be asking an investigating grand jury to look into the 26-year-old's death.

Peruto's maintenance man told police he arrived at the home along the 2200 block of Delancy Street around 10 a.m. that morning -- finding Law's naked body submerged in the third-floor tub. He immediately called 911.

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"The first thing I did was call 9-1-1 and police showed up. I then went to homicide to give my accounts of what happened," the man who did not want to be identified told NBC10.

The 26-year-old had been a paralegal in Peruto's firm for the past two years and that the two had been dating, according to sources.

Peruto, Jr. did not speak publicly about Law's death, but wrote a message to her on his Facebook page.

"It's very hard to find someone who really matches you on all eight cylinders," he wrote in part. "I found my soulmate hippy, and can never replace her."

Sources said Law was foaming at the mouth when she was discovered, but medical experts said that could have been caused by a number of different conditions.

Investigators told NBC10 in May that the preliminary investigation found no obvious signs of trauma.

However, investigators were awaiting autopsy and toxicology results from the Philadelphia Medical Examiner.

Those reports have yet to be released.

Peruto, Jr. has represented many high-profile clients including alleged members of the La Cosa Nostra crime family "Skinny" Joey Merlino and Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo.


Contact Vince Lattanzio at 610.668.5532, vince.lattanzio@nbcuni.com or follow @VinceLattanzio on Twitter.

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