Judge to meet with lawyers in temple killings case

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- A judge plans to meet with attorneys in the retrial of a man charged with killing nine people at a suburban Phoenix Buddhist temple in 1991 as deliberations stall.

Jurors return to court Wednesday for their seventh day of deliberations, but questions from the panel indicate a possible impasse. A hearing is set for Wednesday morning.

Last week, the judge considered declaring a mistrial after jurors told him one juror was refusing to participate. That juror said she had already made up her mind and felt badgered. The judge then ordered the jury to continue trying to reach a verdict.

Johnathan A. Doody was convicted in 1993 and sentenced to 281 years in prison. An appeals court overturned his conviction, ruling that he wasn't properly read his rights.