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The Supreme Court on Monday turned down the death sentence appeal of a 50-year-old man convicted in the slayings of seven people in Kitakyushu, clearing the verdict for finalization.

Lower court decisions said Futoshi Matsunaga and his common-law wife Junko Ogata conspired to murder six people, including five of Ogata’s relatives, between February 1996 and June 1998, when the couple shared a condominium unit with them. The couple were also held responsible for torturing Ogata’s father to death.

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