TAKAMATSU, Kagawa Pref. (Kyodo) The Takamatsu High Court upheld the death sentence Wednesday for a 63-year-old man who killed his sister-in-law and her two granddaughters in Sakaide, Kagawa Prefecture, in November 2007.

Defendant Masanori Kawasaki was mentally competent at the time of the crime despite the defense’s claim of diminished responsibility and a plea to avoid capital punishment, the appeals court said.

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