Man Likely to Be Acquitted over 1985 Kumamoto Murder in Retrial

Society

Kumamoto, Feb. 8 (Jiji Press)--An 85-year-old man who was imprisoned for a 1985 murder in the southwestern Japan prefecture of Kumamoto is expected to win an acquittal in a retrial of the case.

In a hearing at Kumamoto District Court on Friday, the defense proclaimed the innocence of Koki Miyata, while the prosecution did not press the case for his guilt.

The court is expected to hand down a not-guilty ruling on the murder charge against Miyata in a hearing scheduled for March 28.

The prosecution presented some 200 items to prove Miyata's commitment to the murder. But presiding Judge Yoshihisa Mizokuni rejected some 150 of them, including a record on Miyata's confession to his guilt.

The prosecution said in its final statement that it would not make new claims involving the murder charge. The defense said that it wished to receive a not-guilty ruling for Miyata.

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