A federal appeals court has again tossed out the conviction of a man accused of killing nine people at a Buddhist temple near Phoenix in 1991.
A divided 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that Johnathan Doody's confession elicited over 12 hours of relentless questioning was illegally coerced. The court was ruling on the case for a second time after the U.S. Supreme Court ordered it to reconsider a prior decision tossing out Doody's conviction.
The state attorney general now must decide whether to appeal again to the high court or conduct a new trial.
Doody, who was 17 at the time, was convicted in the killings of six priests, a nun and two helpers during a robbery at the Wat Promkunaram temple in Waddell.