Jury starting over in Phoenix temple killings case
PHOENIX -- A jury with a new member restarted deliberations from the beginning Thursday morning in the case of a man charged with killing nine people in a Buddhist temple in suburban Phoenix in 1991.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Joseph Kreamer instructed the jurors, including the alternate who joined them, that they were essentially a new jury and must restart their debate in the trial of Johnathan A. Doody.
Kreamer told the panel a day after a female juror was excused to set aside any preliminary or final decisions they may have come to. The juror had told Kreamer that deliberations had become too emotional for her.
The jury had been deliberating since Sept. 24.
Doody, 39, is being re-tried after a federal appeals court threw out his 1993 conviction in 2011. The court ruled Doody wasn't properly read his rights.
Six monks, a nun and two helpers were killed in what police said was a robbery. Each was shot with a .22-caliber rifle in the back of the head, and some were also hit by shotgun blasts.
Doody, who was 17 at the time of killing, has maintained his innocence. But co-defendant Allesandro "Alex" Garcia pleaded guilty to the slayings and testified that Doody had planned the robbery ahead of time and intended to kill any witnesses.