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Suspect in murders of two relatives to undergo psychiatric evaluation

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The Sapporo District Public Prosecutors Office in Hokkaido has decided to have a 54-year-old man arrested on suspicion of killing two relatives in January undergo psychiatric tests to determine if he is mentally able to stand trial.

According to police, Gen Takahashi has admitted to fatally stabbing his sister Kayoko, 63, in Yoichi town, and his wife's younger brother, 57, in Iwamizawa, 80 kilometers away, Hokkaido Broadcasting Corp reported.

Takahashi called 110 at around 4:20 p.m. on Jan 21 and said he had stabbed his brother-in-law with a kitchen knife at his home. Following his arrest, Takahashi told police he had stabbed his sister at her apartment earlier that day. Both died of their wounds.

Prosecutors said the tests will be conducted until May 27.

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