Arizona

Jan 23, 2014 5:17 PM by Associated Press

Man convicted in Arizona Buddhist temple slayings

PHOENIX - A jury in a man's third trial has found him guilty of robbing and killing nine people, including six monks, at a suburban Phoenix Buddhist temple in 1991.

Johnathan A. Doody was a teenager when 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. Jurors got the case on Jan. 13 and deliberated for a fifth full day Wednesday before returning guilty verdicts on nine counts of murder and numerous robbery charges.

Authorities say Doody and an accomplice robbed the temple before killing witnesses. The accomplice is serving life in prison and has testified against Doody in all three trials.

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