Third Trial In 1991 Buddhist Temple Killings Set For December

October 31, 2013

The man charged with killing nine people at a West Phoenix Buddhist temple more than 20 years ago will face trial for a third time in December.  

A jury found 39-year old Jonathan Doody guilty of the crime in 1993. He was sentenced to 281 years in prison, but an appeals court threw out the conviction in 2011, after ruling Doody had not been read his rights before confessing.

He went on trial again in August, but last week the judge in the case declared a mistrial when the jurors could not reach a verdict. That was after a juror had to be replaced when she complained the trial had become too emotional. The judge then told the reconfigured jury to start its deliberations over, but one juror later told the judge she had already made up her mind in the case and felt badgered by the others.

On Thursday, a judge scheduled opening statements in Doody’s third trial for Dec. 4.