Court overturns Ariz. Buddhist temple confession

AP News
Posted: May 04, 2011 3:16 PM

A federal appeals court has again tossed out the conviction of a man in prison for killing nine people in 1991 at a Buddhist temple near Phoenix.

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 overturning Doody's conviction.

The state attorney general now must decide whether to appeal again to the high court or conduct a new trial.

Doody was 17 at the time and was convicted in the killings of six priests, a nun and two helpers during a robbery at the Wat Promkunaram temple west of Phoenix.