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Temple slayings trial deliberations over for day

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

Jurors got the case late Monday afternoon and deliberated only briefly before concluding for the day. Deliberations resumed Tuesday.

Johnathan Doody was 17 when he was accused of participating in the slayings at the Wat Promkunaram temple.

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 in October after jurors deadlocked. Doody's third trial began Dec. 4.

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

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