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Jury selection set for retrial in temple killings

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PHOENIX (AP) - Jury selection is set to begin in the retrial of a man charged with killing nine people, including six monks, at a suburban Phoenix Buddhist temple in 1991.

Johnathan A. Doody was 17 when he was accused of participating in the August 1991 slayings at the Wat Promkunaram temple in one of Arizona's most notorious murder cases.

He was found guilty in 1993 and sentenced to 281 years in prison, but an appeals court threw out his conviction in 2011 after ruling that investigators improperly obtained his confession.

He was put on trial again in August, but a judge declared a mistrial Oct. 24 after jurors failed to reach a verdict. He is now set for a third trial with jury selection beginning Monday.

Opening statements are scheduled for Dec. 4.

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