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Evidence has emerged in a 1966 quadruple-murder case that suggests the man who was convicted and sent to death row for the crime may have been wrongfully accused because witnesses apparently changed their story during the court of the defendant’s trial, his lawyers said Sunday.

The evidence in favor of Iwao Hakamada, 77, may provide stronger grounds in their appeal for a retrial, the result of which will be decided by the Shizuoka District Court next spring at the earliest.

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