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The Utsunomiya District Court on Friday accepted as evidence interrogation records showing a man admitting to the murder of a 7-year-old girl in Tochigi Prefecture in 2005, despite the fact he made a not-guilty plea and said the confession was coerced.

The credibility of the recorded confession of Takuya Katsumata, 33, has been a major point of contention in the trial because there is no significant physical evidence and no murder weapon has been found.

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