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Johnathan Doody juror: All of us except one thought he was guilty

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A judge has declared a mistrial in the 1st degree murder trial of Johnathan Doody. He's the man accused of killing 9 people at a Buddhist temple in the far west valley.

The jury had been in deliberations for about a month now, and simply could not reach a verdict. The judge declared a mistrial.

There was one hold out – one vote of not guilty. The rest thought Doody was guilty.

Before we hear from one of the jurors, I want to give you some perspective on this case. This has been going on for 20 years.

The killings happened in 1991. In 1994 Doody was convicted of 9 counts of 1st degree murder. 16 years later a judge overturned Doody's conviction. And today -- a mistrial.

"Very disappointed with the outcome. We worked a lot of weeks, two months and most of us thought we were going to come to a guilty verdict. But that's the process," says Clifton Kirby, a juror in the Doody trial.

After 7 days of deliberating, juror Clifton Kirby is frustrated the jury couldn't reach a verdict in the Johnathan Doody trial.

"We totaled 11 to one, 11 for guilty, one not guilty."

The one holdout wrote the judge a note saying she didn't "believe some of the evidence in the case." Other jurors felt she wasn't following the rules and refused to deliberate. In the end, Judge Joseph Kreamer declared a mistrial.

"I'd rather not get into that. We all were told to follow the judge's instructions, we had one person we felt that didn't," says Kirby.

Johnathan Doody's dad is surprised there was only one juror who thought his son wasn't guilty.

"At least it's not a guilty verdict and this is just one step closer to my son getting out of jail," says Brian Doody.

"Yeah they're going to do it all over again and I hope it comes out right this time. Everything points to [guilt]. Overwhelming."

That new trial will most likely happen at the end of November.

Doody's attorney says it'll be a different trial and they'll change some of their strategy.

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