Welcome to Courthouse Update, a weekly rundown of goings-on at the Maricopa County Superior Court.
This week, a former corrections officer pleads guilty to murdering his wife, and more:
- Corrections officer guilty of murder
Anthony Rinaldi, a former Arizona Department of Corrections officer, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and disorderly conduct in the 2011 murder of his wife. According to court documents, Rinaldi then 26, said he "snapped" as the two were arguing, and that his "military training kicked in" before he shot his wife. The couple had two children. Rinaldi's sentencing is scheduled for November 26.
Next page: A retrial for the retrial in the Temple massacre
- Mistrial in Temple murders case
A mistrial was declared in the retrial of Johnathan Doody, who's been accused of massacring nine people at a Buddhist temple more than 20 years ago. Jurors had been deliberating for nearly two weeks in the retrial, which came about the conviction was overturned in federal court several years ago, on the grounds that police coerced a confession out of Doody after the 1991 murders, when he was 17 years old. Judge Joseph Kreamer declared the mistrial on Thursday, and there's likely to now be a third trial. A status conference in the case is scheduled for Halloween.
See also: Temple Massacre Retrial Ends in Mistrial
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