Arrest Made in 1981 LA Murder

Japanese businessman nabbed in Saipan for ordering hit on wife
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2008 8:34 AM CST
Arrest Made in 1981 LA Murder
Japanese businessman Kazuyoshi Miura wearing a baseball cap leaves a Tokyo detention center after being acquitted of the fatal shooting of his wife in Los Angeles in 1981, on suspicion of murdering her in appeal trail in this July 1, 1998 file photo. The Los Angeles Police Department announced Saturday...   (Associated Press)

The LAPD is holding a Japanese businessman on suspicion of murder in the Los Angeles shooting death of his wife more than a quarter century ago, the AP reports. In the 1981 incident Kazuyoshi Miura was shot in the leg and his wife in the head; she later died. Miura blamed robbers and bemoaned the violence of American cities, stoking Japanese fears of visiting the US.

Miura came under suspicion when his alleged lover said he had hired her to kill his wife. A Japanese court found Miura guilty of murder in 1994, but overturned the sentence four years later. Miura, 60, believed the case was closed—until Friday, when he was arrested on the US-held Pacific island Saipan.  (More murder stories.)

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