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Local News in Brief : Tokyo Trial for L.A. Murder Suspects

In a case that created a sensation in Japan, prosecutors in Tokyo on Thursday indicted Kazuyoshi Miura and Yoshikuni Okubo on charges of murdering Miura’s wife in Los Angeles seven years ago to collect $700,000 on three insurance policies.

The indictment follows the arrest of Miura, 41, and Okubo, 36, on Oct. 21. Miura was already in custody, serving a six-year sentence for an earlier, unsuccessful plot against his wife.

Miura’s wife, Kazumi, then 28, was shot in the head with a .22-caliber rifle on Fremont Street near the Harbor Freeway on Nov. 18, 1981. She was in a coma for more than a year before she died in a hospital in Japan.

Miura, who was also initially regarded as a victim in what was made to look like a robbery, was accused of first-degree murder in Los Angeles last May 5, but Japanese authorities have taken jurisdiction in the case.

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Los Angeles County Deputy Dist. Atty. Louis K. Ito said “double jeopardy will preclude a Los Angeles trial in the same case, regardless of whether they are found guilty or acquitted in Japan.”


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