For Brian Doody and his wife Laiad, the third trial of their son Jonathan proved the most difficult for them.
This time, they were in the courtroom for every bit of testimony.
"It's very emotional for us to hear all of the negative things that have been said against Jonathan," Brian Doody said.
Jonathan Doody was found guilty in 1993 and sentenced to 281 years in prison. An appeals court threw out his conviction in 2011. They ruled 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.
Jurors got the case late Monday afternoon and left for the weekend on Thursday without reaching a verdict.
It's also the first time Jonathan Doody's parents have heard the complete testimony of Alex Garcia, the state's star witness.
Garcia is serving 200 plus years for the nine killings. He's the one who cut a deal and pointed the finger at Jonathan Doody as his accomplice and trigger man.
"It was almost verbatim what his testimony was in 1991," said Brian Doody. "It was almost like he practiced it, and practiced it and practiced it."
Prosecutors presented testimony and evidence they say proves that Jonathan Doody being Garcia's accomplice in the massacre is the only thing that makes sense.
To Doody's parents, their son's involvement is the last thing that makes sense.
"I no think he do it," said Laiad Doody. "I believe my kid. I believe my son. And I know that he not do it."
The jury is not expected to return to resume deliberations until Tuesday, only lengthening the wait by Doody's parents.
The case has been dragging on for more than 20 years.
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