Sentencing set for man in Arizona temple slayings

PHOENIX (AP) — A man convicted after his third trial in the 1991 killings of nine people, including six monks, at a suburban Phoenix Buddhist temple is set for sentencing.

Johnathan Doody 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.

Doody's second trial resulted in a mistrial in October after jurors failed to reach a verdict. His third trial ended with a conviction in January on nine counts of first-degree murder and 11 armed robbery and burglary charges.

Sentencing is set for Friday morning. He faces multiple life sentences.

The guilty verdicts brought an end to a bizarre case that saw three trials over about 20 years on the same charges.

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