“I come out very tested, upset by this trial” confides Nicolas Zepeda’s lawyer

Solicited by the media since the start of the trial before the Doubs Assize Court, of her client, the Chilean Nicolas Zepeda, accused of having killed his ex-girlfriend Narumi Kurosaki in December 2016 in Besançon, Me Jacqueline Laffont spoke for the first time this Friday, at the end of the debates and two weeks of hearing.

The trial interrupted at midday will resume on Monday with the various pleadings. The verdict is expected Tuesday, April 12. Nicolas Zepeda faces life imprisonment.

painful intensity

Me Laffont considers this trial “difficult” for everyone. “I am leaving very tested, very upset by this trial, said the lawyer. I think it was of a dramatic, painful intensity rarely achieved. I have experienced many assize trials, and this one was special” insists the lawyer.

She gives her client a “constancy”. “It’s been five years since he claimed he didn’t kill Narumi Kurosaki. I asked him the questions myself, reminds the lawyer. He responded to his own Defense, to his own lawyer. This has been his consistent position for five years.”

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Jacqueline Laffont who adds that “the only moment perhaps when Nicolas Zepeda had a space of brilliance, of letting go of this control that we all talk about, well it was precisely when he screamed that.

The mystery remains whole according to the Defense

After the discussion, “we are there, and we are still with the same mystery. What happened that night?“A question which will therefore be at the heart of the pleadings of Me Laffont and Me Benedetti, this Monday, April 11, 2022. The lawyer who recalls that the mystery zones existed before the trial, and that they still exist.

Julie Benedetti and Jacqueline Laffont, lawyers for Nicolas Zepeda, accused of having killed Narumi Kurosaki in December 2016 in Besançon, will plead this Monday before the Doubs Assize Court.
Julie Benedetti and Jacqueline Laffont, lawyers for Nicolas Zepeda, accused of having killed Narumi Kurosaki in December 2016 in Besançon, will plead this Monday before the Doubs Assize Court. © Radio France
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What happened, how could things have happened? Have all the questions been asked?” asks Me Laffont. “I’m here, she acknowledges. You heard it like me, that’s my client’s position. And I will defend my client.

A desire to dominate according to psy experts

This Friday, the psychiatric expert explained that Nicolas Zepeda had “a personality that has tendency to manipulate others“. Nicolas Zepeda’s lawyer believes that this expertise is not up to the stakes, specifying that the interview lasted only one hour, with an interpreter, while the accused was in solitary confinement. .

The psychologist expert put forward a empathy deficit. This is the accused’s way of being: “He has trouble having spontaneous speech“These personality traits, it has been nine days since the public prosecutor and the lawyers for the civil parties have noted them.

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The hearing suspended this Friday at midday will resume Monday, April 11 at 10 a.m.

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