Court won't hear appeal of Buddhist murders case

October 11, 2011 - 9:35 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man convicted of killing nine people at a Buddhist temple near Phoenix as a juvenile could go free after the Supreme Court refused to overturn a decision to throw out his confession.

The high court on Tuesday refused to hear an appeal by Arizona officials asking for a reexamination of a decision to throw out Jonathan Doody's confession.

Doody was convicted of the slayings of six priests, a nun and two helpers during a robbery at a temple. But the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out the conviction, saying his Miranda warnings were inadequate.

The Supreme Court asked the federal appeals court to reexamine that decision last year, but the Ninth Circuit threw out the confession again earlier this year.

The case is Ryan v. Doody, 11-175.