No Prospect in Sight for Trial for Zama Murders


Tokyo, Oct. 30 (Jiji Press)--The first court hearing of a 29-year-old suspect in the alleged robbery-murders of nine people at his apartment in eastern Japan is still a long way off, two years after the discovery of the victims' dismembered bodies.

The trial of the suspect in the nine murders, which took place in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo and shocked Japan, is expected to include lay judges.

Pretrial conference procedures for narrowing down the points of dispute and evidence are still ongoing at Tokyo District Court's Tachikawa branch.

The suspect, Takahiro Shiraishi, was arrested on Oct. 31, 2017, a day after the bodies were found in his apartment.

He was indicted in September 2018 after being served a total of 10 arrest warrants on charges that include robbery, murder and forcible intercourse, and undergoing a psychiatric evaluation by public prosecutors.

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