Zepeda trial: Nicolas Zepeda is appealing his 28-year prison sentence



The day after his conviction for the assassination of Narumi Kurosaki in December 2016 in Besançon, the Chilean defendant appealed. A new trial is looming. The accused has always denied the murder of his former girlfriend, even if many clues lead to him.

This is a new twist in an extraordinary trial with international dimensions. Nicolas Zepeda, had been extradited from Chile in July 2020.

The day after his conviction for the assassination of Narumi Kurosaki who disappeared in December 2016 in Besançon, the Chilean accused appealed, his lawyers said on Wednesday April 13. A new trial is looming. The accused in his box has always denied the murder of his former girlfriend, even if many material clues lead suspicion on him. “I’m not who I want, but I’m not an assassin, I’m not Narumi’s assassin”he said, in French, during his last speech before the jurors left to deliberate.

On the night of December 4 to 5, 2016, Nicolas Zepeda was present in Besançon, students heard cries in the night of the university residence, groans, probably those of the young Narumi. Tuesday, April 12, Nicolas Zepeda, 31, was sentenced by the Doubs Assize Court to 28 years. During the trial, he admitted having been present in Besançon but not having killed Narumi Kurosaki, 26 years old.

According to the prosecution, Nicolas Zepeda suffocated or strangled Narumi before getting rid of his body, probably in the Doubs river, not far from Dole (Jura). He then hacked Narumi Kurosaki’s accounts on social networks to send messages to his relatives and pass her off as alive, the time to return to Chile.

The conviction had been a relief for the mother and the sister of the young Japanese present at the hearing.

“Even if no answer has been given (on the circumstances of Narumi’s death), at least this time the conviction is granted”had reacted Me Sylvie Galley, lawyer for the family of the victim at the end of the deliberation delivered by the Assize Court after 12 days of trial marked by the emotion and the silence of the accused on a certain number of questions.

“After five years of waiting for this trial, the family is relieved. His mother and sister were so afraid that we would believe Nicolas Zepeda and that we would not hear their suffering and their pain”, she added, hoping there would be no appeal.

Nicolas Zepeda was defended during this trial by Me Jacqueline Laffont, a renowned criminal lawyer, and Mrs. Julie Benedetti.



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