Convicted killer testifies in temple killings case

Convicted killer testifies in temple killings case

Credit: Arizona Department of Corrections

Allesandro "Alex" Garcia

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Posted on December 11, 2013 at 7:31 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 13 at 10:40 AM

PHOENIX (AP) -- A notorious Arizona murder case is in court again as a third trial continues with key testimony against a man charged with killing nine people at a suburban Phoenix Buddhist temple in 1991.

Allesandro "Alex" Garcia, who is serving life in prison for the killings, told jurors Wednesday that defendant Johnathan A. Doody was the mastermind of the plan to kill the victims, including six monks, to steal money and valuables.

Doody was found guilty in 1993 and sentenced to 281 years in prison, but an appeals court threw out his convictions in 2011 after ruling investigators improperly obtained his confession.

Doody went on trial again in August, but jurors failed to reach a verdict. Garcia pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison in exchange for testifying against Doody.

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