PHOENIX — A jury has concluded its fourth day of deliberations without a
verdict in the case of a man charged in the 1991 killings of nine people at a
suburban Phoenix Buddhist temple.
Johnathan A. Doody was 17 when authorities say he participated in the gunning
down of six monks, a nun and two helpers during a robbery. He was convicted in
1993 and sentenced to 281 years in prison.
He is being re-tried after a federal appeals overturned his conviction in 2011,
noting the now 39-year-old’s confession was involuntary because he wasn’t
properly read his rights. Doody has maintained his innocence. A co-defendant who
pleaded guilty and is serving a life sentence says Doody carried out the
The trial began Aug. 12, and jurors began deliberations on Sept. 24. They are set to
resume Tuesday morning.