Jury to return Monday in temple killings case

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX (AP) -- A jury has concluded its third day of deliberations without a verdict in the case of a man charged in the 1991 killings of nine people at a suburban Phoenix Buddhist temple.

Johnathan A. Doody was 17 when authorities say he participated in the gunning down of six monks, a nun and two helpers during a robbery. He was convicted in 1993 and sentenced to 281 years in prison.

He is being re-tried after a federal appeals overturned his conviction in 2011, noting the now 39-year-old's confession was involuntary because he wasn't properly read his rights. Doody has maintained his innocence. A co-defendant who pleaded guilty and is serving a life sentence says Doody carried out the killings.

Trial began Aug. 12. Jurors began deliberations on Tuesday. They are set to resume Monday morning.

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