It was 22 years ago that Johnathan Doody and his former-roommate, Alessandro “Alex” Garcia were convicted and sentenced to over 200 years EACH, for their crimes at the Wat Promkunaram Buddhist Temple in Waddell, Arizona. According to Azcentral.com, in an article dated August 22, "Nine people - six Buddhist monks, a nun and two students - were found on Aug. 10, 1991, shot to death execution-style at Wat Promkunaram Buddhist Temple in Waddell in one of the largest mass killings in Maricopa County history."
Why did they do it? Convicted murderer Doody stated back in 1991 that he was just trying to get money to purchase a new car. Is nine innocent, peaceful lives worth a new car? Most would not agree. After 22 years, Doody is being retried because his confession was found to have been falsely made under duress. He was sentenced to 281 years in prison, narrowly missing the death penalty, his partner was imprisoned for 271 years, also narrowly missing the death penalty. Although the courts are adjured now and more is to come, the testimony continues on Monday August 26, 2013.
The retrial for Johnathan Andrew Doody’s actually began on retrial is scheduled to begin Aug. 12 and will see this weekend as a recess. According to Azcentral.com, "Garcia, Doody's partner, is serving a life sentence as well, and prosecutors say photo and voice recordings of his new testimony could label him a “snitch” in prison and put him in danger." Prosecutors are trying to get Garcia's testimony and pictures bared from being used in the new trial to protect the man.
In the wake of so much violence in the Buddhism sect over seas, one would think that there has been a massive change in the way of the Buddha, how Buddhists live and believe and such. But this is just untrue and the mass media will focus on things that get their ratings up, just remember that. Buddhism is and has always been the path of peace and will forever be just that. Even thought people like these two murders do exist and do plague the land sometimes and even sometimes can enter Buddhist temples and kill people for no reason does not change the fact that Buddhists see them through different eyes.
According to Azcentral.com, Chawee Borders was who originally found and reported the grisly scene in 1991, she was at the temple to do cleaning for the monks routinely then, now she is older and sits in a wheel chair. This person never expected to see such a scene at a Buddhist temple in Arizona, USA. And because she is a Buddhist herself she, like most Buddhists, will not harbor any hate for the killers. Buddhism teaches that we all suffer and that some of us are in a realm on earth, in this life, that can be seen as hell. These two may be what Buddhists refer to as hungry ghosts or hell beings, as they killed and did so with plans to gain earthly possessions. But the truth remains, what ever this mans fate is past Monday August 26, as Buddhism teaches, he will return and live a life of more suffering for his crimes.