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Court overturns AZ Buddhist temple confession

Jonathan Doody Jonathan Doody
PHOENIX (AP) -

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 in early May 2011 that Jonathan 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.

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne had the choice to appeal to the high court or conduct a new trial. He told CBS 5 News that he will be appealing the decision.

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.

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