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Updated Aug 12, 2013 - 3:07 pm

Jury selection begins in retrial for 1991 Arizona temple killings

PHOENIX — It was a crime stunning not only in its violence but also in its
location: A Buddhist temple where monks clad in saffron robes helped worshippers
from metropolitan Phoenix’s small Thai community.

Inside, six monks, a nun and two helpers were shot in the back of the head,
their bodies found arranged face-down in a circle.

It marked one of Phoenix’s most notorious crimes over the last 25 years.

On Monday, lawyers began selecting a jury in the retrial of one of two men
convicted in the robbery and killings at the Wat Promkunaram temple west of
Phoenix in August 1991.

Johnathan Doody was convicted in his first trial, but his conviction was
reversed after an appeals court ruled his confession wasn’t given voluntarily.

Doody maintains that he’s innocent.


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