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Jurors shown crime scene photos in temple slayings

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The Wat Promkunaram temple in Waddell, AZ (1991) The Wat Promkunaram temple in Waddell, AZ (1991)

Johnathan Doody's trial almost ended in a mistrial.

The number one rule when a judge allows the media to bring a camera into the court room is not to get any video of the jury.

Another news station, not FOX 10, shot some video of the jury and that almost caused a mistrial.

His hair now gray, Johnathan Doody sat in the courtroom, more than 20 years after being convicted of killing nine people in a Buddhist temple back in 1991.

An appeals court threw out that conviction, saying his confession wasn't voluntary.

Opening arguments were heard on Wednesday.

"Every single one of them had been shot to death.. some of them had been shot more than once, but most of them, the cause of death was a single bullet to the back or side of the head," said prosecutor Jason Kalish.

Kalish went on to tell the jury there's forensic evidence -- hair samples, footprints and bullet casings that will prove Doody is guilty.

Just before lunchtime, a photographer from another TV station zoomed out, showing a wide shot of the jury and video cameras are no longer allowed in the courtroom.

Defense attorneys asked for a mistrial twice.

The judge denied their request and showed the jury a screen shot of the video taken of them.

Each juror was asked if the video of the jury box concerned them and if it would impact their decision making.

All 16 -- twelve jurors and four alternates, said it wouldn't.

For now, the trial continues.  Defense attorneys say Doody was put through a 12-hour interrogation and forced to make a false confession.  They say they'll prove Doody wasn't there during the murders.

The trial will continue Thursday morning with the state's first witness called to testify.

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