Killer of six appeals death sentence


A 43-year-old woman sentenced to death last month for committing a string of murders here from 1996 to 1998 in conspiracy with her common-law husband appealed Tuesday to the Fukuoka High Court, her lawyers said.

Junko Ogata is appealing the ruling handed down by the Fukuoka District Court on Sept. 28 for killing six people, including her mother, and inflicting injuries that resulted in the death of her father in their apartment in conspiracy with Futoshi Matsunaga, 44. The Fukuoka District Court’s Kokura Branch, which sentenced her to death, also sentenced Matsunaga to death on Sept. 28.