The judicial calendar is becoming clearer for Nicolas Zepeda.

This Chilean, who had appealed his sentence in April to 28 years in prison for the assassination of his Japanese ex-girlfriend Narumi Kurosaki, will be retried "in the first half of 2023", indicated the public prosecutor's office of Besançon.

Nicolas Zepeda, who denies having killed the young student, will appear before "the Assize Court of Haute-Saône", in Vesoul.

This jurisdiction had already been the scene at the end of 2020 of an extremely high-profile trial, that of Jonathann Daval, a computer scientist convicted of the murder of his wife Alexia.

Narumi Kurosaki's body never found

Tried for two weeks at the end of March and beginning of April before the Doubs Assize Court, Nicolas Zepeda, 31, was sentenced on April 12 to 28 years in prison for the assassination of Narumi Kurosaki in December 2016 in Besançon, where the 21-year-old was studying.

His body has never been found.

Nicolas Zepeda, against whom life imprisonment had been requested, continued throughout his trial to proclaim his innocence, despite numerous incriminating elements.

He had been extradited in the summer of 2020 by Chile to be tried in France.


Murder of Narumi Kurosaki: Her ex-boyfriend Nicolas Zepeda is appealing his conviction


Disappearance of Narumi Kurosaki: Her former boyfriend Nicolas Zepeda sentenced to 28 years in prison

  • Justice

  • Besancon

  • Assassination

  • Chile

  • Japan

  • court of appeal

  • Franche-Comte