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KOBE — Police and lawyers for the 15-year-old boy being held for the slayings of Jun Hase and Ayaka Yamashita, as well as for violent assaults on other children in Kobe, came to the conclusion July 21 that the teen-ager may be insane.

The family court will be asked to conduct psychiatric tests, say sources close to defense lawyers. Under the Juvenile Law, a minor can serve up to a three-year sentence in a juvenile detention facility, but in cases of insanity would be sent to a mental hospital.

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