Death Sentence Upheld for Woman in "Black Widow" Case

Society

Osaka, May 24 (Jiji Press)--Osaka High Court upheld on Friday a lower court's death sentence for Chisako Kakehi, 72, for killing elderly men by cyanide poisoning in a serial "black widow" case.

At the high court, Presiding Judge Hiroaki Higuchi said there was no factual error in the initial ruling, issued by Kyoto District Court in 2017, which recognized serial murders by poisoning to inherit the victims' estates and escape debt repayments.

The judge said the lower court ruling was "reasonable and right" in acknowledging that Kakehi had the capacity to take full responsibility for the murders. He added that her claimed suffering of dementia could have only a limited impact, if any, on her capacity to face a trial.

The defense immediately filed an appeal with the Supreme Court against the high court's decision.

The high court held only one hearing on the case, in March, rejecting the defense's request to suspend the trial or conduct a fresh psychiatric evaluation of the accused.

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