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Closing Arguments Begin In Doody Trial

Closing arguments are set to get underway on Monday in the third murder trial for a Phoenix man accused of a mass murder nearly 23 years ago. Johnathan Doody was convicted in 1993 of killing nine people at a suburban Phoenix Buddhist temple in 1991. Doody was 17 at the time of the murder. He and a friend went to the  Wat Promkunaram temple to rob it.

Several Buddhists priests and assistants were killed during the botched robbery attempt. The accomplice is serving life in prison and has testified against Doody.

Doody’s first conviction was overturned in 2011 when a federal appeals court ruled that investigators improperly obtained Doody’s confession. His second trial ended in a mistrial after jurors deadlocked last year

Doody's third trial began Dec. 4. Prosecutors rested their case last week. Defense attorneys then rested their case without calling any witnesses.

Al Macias, former KJZZ news director, is part of an elite class of trusted, veteran journalists who have covered Arizona news for more than 30 years.