Buddhist Temple Murders Killer's Conviction Overturned by Ninth Circuit Court

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The nightmare of the 1991 massacre at a Phoenix Buddhist temple resurfaced today after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the conviction of the triggerman in the slayings, Jonathan Doody (pictured above with his lawyer).

The Associated Press reports that the appeals court judges found Doody's 1991 confession was coerced by police.

Longtime Valley residents will recall that the coerced confessions of the four men originally arrested for the murders led to the ouster of then-Sheriff Tom Agnos. Joe Arpaio stepped in to run against a politically weakened Agnos, promising to serve only for one term. Arpaio won his fifth four-year term earlier this month.

As part of its coverage today, the Arizona Republic's Web site posted the newspaper's original 1991 article about the slaying that shocked Buddhists worldwide as well as the Valley community.

New Times covered the slayings and their legal and political aftermath extensively in the early 1990s -- here are a couple of examples.

Evidence and testimony at the trial of Doody seemed to show he was the murderer -- his confession may have been forced, but it apparently wasn't sheer fiction like the confessions of the "Tucson Four." The government clearly needs to take steps to make sure the appeals court decision doesn't allow Doody, as cold-blooded a killer as they come, to walk out of prison. -- Ray Stern


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shamrock
shamrock

I lived in Glendale, AZ at the time of the killings. There had to be someone who knew what was inside of the temple to commit these crimes. I use to deliver there.If you knew the area, it makes total sense that 'kids' did the killings.I could say more......There is no way in HELL and randon killers running from the law comitted these killings.It was horrific, still to this day.This Doody cat knew the victims, PROVEN BY FACTS.Why is this human still alive?

Ralph
Ralph

I have personally did time with Jonathan!!! And i lived 3 blocks away from the Temple at the time of these murders.  Once sitting,talking and working with Jonthan my first thought was they got this one wrong.  One of the most inteligent , hardworking, humble men i met in prison. Although i was surrounded by murders and armed robberies daily, Jonathan just did not fit into that mold.  To execute 9 inncoent people in cold blood takes a special kind of sickness!!!And i was celled with a person who murdered 11 people.  Five minutes of conversation with this indivual there  was no question, even in prison < he was capable fo and willing to kill a 12th!!!! History has shown we get it wrong sometimes .  And in the case of Jonathan i do beliieve we did

guest
guest

shamrock, you may have lived in glendale at the time, but until you know the all facts about this case, you should not comment on the post. i WAS there and i WAS girlfriend. you do not know everything about this case, alex was the orchestrator of the crime.

Ralph
Ralph

Guest, if and when you speak to Jonathon tell him kitchen, Kaibab , warehouse King said hello and congrats on his overturn!!! 

Www Jefflinn
Www Jefflinn

hello, Ralph I also worked at the Kaibab kitchen & I worked around Jonathan. I was fairly close to him & I would'nt bet my life on his innocents, however it would be hard to see him in his personality at that time commiting  that horrible of a crime! Once again I cant be sure for the simple fact that I was not there & people can be deceptive & act out a part if there life is on the line! All I can say, is if Mr. Dooty is truly the man I met congrats!!! I hope your life is great & you find your place on this earth to do good for all humanity. Take car my friend & hope you are happy & doing well. 

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