PHOENIX — A new date has been set for the retrial of a man whose
conviction for killing nine people more than 20 years ago at a Buddhist temple
in Arizona was overturned.
The retrial of 44-year-old Johnathan Andrew Doody is scheduled to begin Aug.
His conviction was overturned after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to reverse a
lower-court decision that threw out his confession.
Doody was convicted of killing six priests, a nun and two helpers during a 1991
robbery at the Wat Promkunaram temple west of Phoenix.
Doody has maintained that he’s innocent.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out the conviction and ruled the
confession was involuntary, partly because Doody wasn’t properly read his rights
by the officers interrogating him.