Closing arguments set '91 AZ temple murder retrial

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by The Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on September 23, 2013 at 7:22 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 23 at 6:47 PM

PHOENIX (AP) -- Jurors at the retrial of an Arizona man charged with the 1991 murders of nine people at a Buddhist temple in suburban Phoenix are set to hear closing arguments in the case Monday.

Prosecutors say Johnathan A. Doody masterminded the killing, but his defense lawyer says there's no proof he was there. The now-39-year-old was convicted in 1993 and sentenced to 281 years in prison. 

He's being re-tried after a federal appeals court overturned his conviction because he wasn't property read his rights by interrogators who eventually got him to confess.

Doody is accused of killing six monks, a nun and two helpers during a robbery.

The key witness is a co-defendant who pleaded guilty. The Arizona Republic reports Allesandro "Alex" Garcia testified that Doody didn't want any witnesses.  

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