...CONVICTION, SENTENCE UPHELD IN BUDDHIST TEMPLE MASSACRE

The Arizona Republic, Saturday, September 7, 1996

The Arizona Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction and 281-year prison sentence of Jonathan Doody for the 1991 slayings of nine people at a Buddhist temple near Phoenix.

Doody who was 17 on Aug. 10, 1991, when six priests, a nun and two helpers at the Wat Promkunaram temple west of Phoenix were shot to death during a robbery, was convicted in 1994.

In a unanimous ruling Thursday, a three-judge panel of the court rejected arguments that Doody deserves a new trial.

Doody's lawyers, including noted appeals lawyer Alan Dershowitz of Cambridge, Mass., argued that the jury should not have been allowed to hear Doody's confession to the police and that Doody was improperly deprived of his father's presence while being questioned for 13 hours.

The court ruled that the confession was voluntary and that he agreed to speak to officers in the absence of a parent. Doody admitted involvement in the temple case early during the questioning, the court noted.

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