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No verdict yet in temple slayings retrial

PHOENIX — Deliberations are scheduled to resume Tuesday morning in the
third trial of a man charged with killing nine people at a suburban Phoenix
Buddhist temple in 1991.

Johnathan A. Doody 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 in October after jurors deadlocked.
Doody’s third trial began Dec. 4.

Jurors got the case late Monday afternoon.

Authorities say Doody and an accomplice robbed the temple before killing
witnesses, including six monks. Doody maintains his innocence.

The accomplice is serving life in prison in a deal that spared him the death
penalty. He has testified against Doody at all three trials.

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