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Jury selection set for retrial in Phoenix temple killings

PHOENIX — Jury selection is set to begin in the retrial of a man charged
with killing nine people, including six monks, at a suburban Phoenix Buddhist
temple in 1991.

Johnathan A. Doody was 17 when he was accused of participating in the August
1991 slayings at the Wat Promkunaram temple in one of Arizona’s most notorious
murder cases.

He was convicted in 1993 and sentenced to 281 years in prison, but an appeals
court threw out his conviction in 2011 after ruling that investigators
improperly obtained his confession.

He was put on trial again in August, but a judge declared a mistrial Oct. 24
after jurors failed to reach a verdict. He is now set for a third trial with
jury selection beginning Monday.

Opening statements are scheduled for Dec. 4.


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