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Rare third trial to begin in temple killings case

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It was one of the most notorious murders in the valley.  Nine people shot and killed inside of a Buddhist temple more than two decades ago.

On Wednesday, opening statements began in the Jonathan Doody retrial.

In his last trial, 11 jurors thought Doody was guilty while one did not.  Jurors couldn't agree and started arguing, so the judge called a mistrial.

Both sides are hoping for a verdict this time.

"Johnathan Doody -- the man sitting in this courtroom today executed nine of his fellow human beings," said prosecutor Jason Kalish.

That's how prosecutors started their opening statements.  They told the jury Doody planned to rob the Buddhist temple, then made sure there were no witnesses.

"He calmly and cooly walked around that temple and shot all nine Buddhists in the temple, some more than once," continued Kalish.

Years ago, Doody was sentenced to life in prison.  That conviction recently reversed after an appeals court found Doody's confession wasn't voluntary.

Prosecutors also played a recording of a confession given by Doody's alleged accomplice, Alex Garcia:

"Jonathan Doody had come up that basically for money, because he was on his way or attempting to purchase a car."

Both sides didn't change much of their strategy form the last trial.

The trial will continue Thursday morning.

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