The Tachikawa branch of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office is expected to announce early next week that a 27-year-old man, accused of killing nine people in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, is mentally fit to stand trial, sources close to the case said Friday.
The psychiatric evaluation took about five months, Fuji TV reported.
Takahiro Shiraishi has admitted to killing and dismembering nine people, ranging in age between 15 and 26, at his apartment in Zama, between August and October of 2017. He was served an arrest warrant for each victim.
Police said Shiraishi responded to people who expressed suicidal thoughts on the internet and lured them to his apartment.
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