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Takuya Katsumata pleaded not guilty Monday as his trial opened over the slaying of a 7-year-old girl in Tochigi Prefecture in 2005, after initially confessing to the murder.

In the lay judge trial at the Utsunomiya District Court, the 33-year-old Katsumata said he did not kill Yuki Yoshida, while prosecutors said his confession was credible and that there were many pieces of evidence linking him to the victim.

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