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Life term sought for Chilean accused of killing Japanese woman

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Rental car GPS and cellphone activity show him on the campus and outside her room more than a dozen times in the days before she went missing. CC cameras have picked him up several times on campus between 10pm and 7am. Yet he claims to have met her by chance in the parking lot the night she disappeared. Used her credit card to buy an airline ticket. Suspected of sending bogus texts to her friends from her phone. Takes the long way back to return the car. Purchased cleaning supplies and bleach. I’d have no problem convicted him with this ‘flimsy and circumstantial’ evidence.

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Native French speaker here (not French tough).

@gaijinland

Some students who were at the dormitory told investigators they heard a scream, which served as circumstantial evidence pointing to Zepeda as the suspected killer.

The above is so much not even scratching the details of the case it's akin to sloppy journalism. But hey, it's Kyodo.

The case is a high-profile case in France currently and the accusation's case has one major flaw: there is no dead body available.

On the other hand, what Zepeda has against him is literally an avalanche of evidence (with some circumstantial, some much less so) as well as an infuriating tendency to lie.

As such, most if not all witnesses testified that at one point of another he lied to them (with some lies being very relevant to the case). Also, most witnesses have testified that they felt he (Zepeda) tried to "manipulate them" to either gain some advantage (i.e. gaining information on the victim or the murder case) or to make them believe something (i.e. his own or his victim's whereabouts, her personality, etc) .

Heck, even his own cousin in Spain with whom he spent time after the murder allegedly took place has testified against him, rolling out exactly the same accusations of lies, deceit and manipulation as everybody else!

It's up to the jury, but my verdict is guilty as sin.

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I wish they still had the guillotine in France.

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What?! No guillotine?! Anyway glad the prosecutors are seeking the maximum possible penalty in France for that scumbag.

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A manipulative narcissist or psychopath with above average intelligence. Education should include basic psychology studies to help raise red flags on these monsters that walk among us.

here is an article regarding his psychological review and tendencies.

https://news.euro-24.com/coronavirus/amp/157211

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Death penalty for this guy.

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I wonder what the psychiatrist was referring to by "a complex way of answering..."?

In layman's terms, it means Zepeda actually believes his own bull-sheet. A slightly more technical response is that he attempts to redirect and frame the conversation where he is the one in control.

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I agree. If he killed her, deserves death penalty.

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The Death Penalty should indeed be restored in many countries for such crimes. Cheaper than keeping this scum locked up for x years.

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28 year's.

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Got life sentence, good news. Don't do bad stuff. It is time for you people to change yourself or else like this will happen.

He did not get life, he got 28 years. Who exactly are "you people" and what needs changing?

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Got life sentence, good news. Don't do bad stuff. It is time for you people to change yourself or else like this will happen.

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@El Rata

@painkiller

Guys, you're late to the party, real late.

The last execution through the guillotine was in 1977 and in France the death penalty was abolished in 1981. While only right-wing parties have ever mentioned reinstating the death penalty in their political programs, did (Marine) Le Pen (from the current French presidential election fame) dropped it from her program back during the 2017 elections.

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It’s a quite multilateral case with three countries and their different jurisdictions involved. In my opinion it should be resolved such, that the victims’ family determines in which country the penalties are being made, so they can choose how to treat him for his capital crime, more softly and with forgiveness or the hardest possible with a harsh treatment in a death row, although there most probably won’t be a real death penalty nowadays in any of the three countries I think.

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I love when all the evidence is released and the sentence is fair and based on real facts.

No forced confessions and no hiding of evidences, and lawyers present at all times.

Gotta love 21th. century justice.

I hope that Japan can catch up someday.

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a very complex way of answering, even though the questions are very simple

Sounds to me like a completely useless statement, in any contexts.

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These kind of people mystify me. You have a beautiful Japanese girls and you go and kill her. WTF?

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I wonder what the psychiatrist was referring to by "a complex way of answering..."?

In layman's terms, it means Zepeda actually believes his own bull-sheet. A slightly more technical response is that he attempts to redirect and frame the conversation where he is the one in control.

Rather like some politicians.

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Kobe Bar Owner; that is a very interesting article! I wonder what the psychiatrist was referring to by "a complex way of answering..."?

The psychiatrist Jean Canterino was one of the first to give his testimony regarding the profile of the Chilean, whom he pointed out as having “a very complex way of answering, even though the questions are very simple

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Michael Machida: "These kind of people mystify me. You have a beautiful Japanese girls and you go and kill her. WTF?"

Nationality and beauty don't matter. Murder is murder and it should shock you regardless.

I only hope they have more evidence than they are letting on, because with no body it is hard to absolutely prove what happened.

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The evidence in this case seems flimsy and circumstantial at best. The only evidence is that he had dinner with her and took her back to her dorm and some students told investigators they heard a scream. If he actually murdered her, how could he dispose of the body and remove it from the dorm with nobody noticing? Don’t dorms usually have security cameras? The girl probably went deep into the forest and hung herself. The guy may be guilty but he sure didn’t make himself look anymore innocent by returning to Chile immediately.

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