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Russian 'serial killer' 49 murdered in court

A Russian man accused of being one of the country's most prolific serial killers has appeared in court.
Alexander Pichushkin faces 49 murder charges, allegedly carried out between 1992 and 2006.

The 33-year-old told Moscow City Court he wanted to be tried by jury, rather than face a panel of judges. The trial is expected to begin on 13 September.

Police said he told them after his arrest he planned to kill 64 people - one for each square on a chess-board.

Prosecutors said they had enough evidence to charge him with 49 murders - but that police were still investigating several other cases.

After the 15-minute hearing, his lawyer Pavel Ivannikov told reporters: "My client understands that he is to blame for most of these murders."

Correspondents say the main issue for the jury to decide will be whether or not Mr Pichushkin is sane.

If convicted, he faces life in p

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Added: Aug-13-2007 
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