45-year-old man arrested for killing parents

Police in Asahimachi, Yamagata Prefecture, said Sunday they have arrested a 45-year-old unemployed man on suspicion of killing his parents at their home.
According to police, Hiroyuki Shibata is suspected of killing his father Setsuo, 72, and mother Yukiko, 68, Fuji TV reported. He was quoted as saying that he didn't want to talk about it.
The bodies were discovered in separate bedrooms by the couple’s daughter who had come for a visit at around 10 a.m. Saturday. She called 110. Police said the couple were confirmed dead at the scene.
Police believe that Shibata strangled his parents to death sometime on the night of Feb 27.
Setsuo and Yukiko, who were part-time newspaper delivery workers, were last seen by the newspaper company after finishing work on the morning of Feb 27. On Feb 28, at around 3 a.m., Hiroyuki called and said his father had collapsed and that his mother had to look after him, so they would be taking some time off from work.

© Japan Today
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