PHOENIX (AP) — A prosecutor displayed a photo of nine bodies on the floor of a Buddhist temple as opening statements began Wednesday in a retrial of the 1991 murders that shocked the Phoenix area and stirred outrage as far away as Thailand.
The photo shows the bodies of six monks, a nun and two helpers arranged in a circle after the Aug. 1991 robbery at the temple. Johnathan Doody is on trial for a second time after his original conviction was reversed by a court that said his confession wasn't voluntary.
The photo and other grisly images were part of the backdrop that prosecutor Jason Kalish set in describing the killings.
Doody sat expressionless while they were shown.
He maintains he's innocent.
Kalish will finish his opening statements after a lunch break.