NAGOYA (Kyodo) Prosecutors on Tuesday demanded the death penalty for three men accused of killing a woman in 2007 after the trio became acquainted with each other via a mobile phone bulletin board used for exchanging shady information, including on drug-trafficking and finding “crime mates.”

Presiding Judge Hiroko Kondo of the Nagoya District Court said that she will hand down a decision March 18 on Tsukasa Kanda, 37, a former newspaper salesman, and Yoshitomo Hori, 33, and Kenji Kawagishi, 42, both unemployed.

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