Deliberations begin in Buddhist temple killings

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Associated Press

Posted on January 13, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 13 at 7:35 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — Deliberations have begun in the trial of a man charged with killing nine people at a suburban Phoenix Buddhist temple in 1991.

Jurors got the case late Monday afternoon and considered it only briefly before concluding for the day. Deliberations resume Tuesday.

Johnathan Doody was a teenager when he was found guilty in 1993 and sentenced to 281 years in prison. An appeals court threw out his conviction in 2011, ruling investigators improperly obtained his confession. His second trial ended in a mistrial in October after jurors deadlocked.

Doody's third trial began Dec. 4.

Authorities say Doody and an accomplice robbed the temple before killing witnesses, including six monks. Doody maintains his innocence. The accomplice is serving life in prison and has testified against him.

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