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Closing arguments set in temple slayings trial

PHOENIX — Closing arguments are set for Monday for a man charged in the
1991 killings of nine people at a suburban Phoenix Buddhist temple.

Prosecutors rested their case Thursday. Defense attorneys then rested their
case without calling any witnesses.

Johnathan A. Doody was 17 when he was accused of participating in the slayings
at the Wat Promkunaram temple.

He was found guilty in 1993 and sentenced to 281 years in prison. But an
appeals court threw out his conviction in 2011, ruling that investigators
improperly obtained his confession. His second trial ended in a mistrial after
jurors deadlocked.

Doody’s third trial began Dec. 4.

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


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