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Buddhist monks in Phoenix, Arizona on Aug. 18, 1991, help escort the coffins of nine people killed at the temple Wat Promkunaram. (AP File Photo)

PHOENIX -- It was a crime stunning not only in its violence but also in its location: A Buddhist temple where monks clad in saffron robes helped worshippers from metropolitan Phoenix's small Thai community.

Inside, six monks, a nun and two helpers were shot in the back of the head, their bodies found arranged face-down in a circle.

It marked one of Phoenix's most notorious crimes over the last 25 years.

On Monday, lawyers began selecting a jury in the retrial of one of two men convicted in the robbery and killings at the Wat Promkunaram temple west of Phoenix in August 1991.

Johnathan Doody was convicted in his first trial, but his conviction was reversed after an appeals court ruled his confession wasn't given voluntarily.

Doody maintains that he's innocent.

Associated Press,

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