HOUSTON (Houston Chronicle) – More than 17 years after the shooting death of his pregnant wife, former football coach David Temple walked out of the Harris County jail Wednesday and into the waiting arms of his family, ready to stand trial again if necessary for a murder he steadfastly maintains he didn’t commit.
Wearing a bright red shirt, Temple embraced his mother, father and two brothers, telling the media his release was possible only through God and the support of his family and attorneys.
“It’s been a long journey, and fortunately a portion of that journey has been completed,” Temple said. “We’re waiting for justice to be served, and for the people who put me there, who lied and cheated, be held accountable … .”
But Temple’s appellate attorney, Stan Schneider, cut him off, advising him not to speak further about the case.
Temple, 48, was released on a $30,000 bond and is set to appear in court Jan. 4 to show he will cooperate with any potential retrial or other proceedings. His conviction was overturned by the state’s highest criminal appeals court amid findings of prosecutorial misconduct.
emple was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 2007 after a volatile trial that pitted prominent defense attorney Dick DeGuerin against legendary prosecutor Kelly Siegler, who later became the star of her own TV show.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals concluded last month that prosecutors withheld significant evidence from defense attorneys, including information about an alternative suspect. Siegler has defended her actions in the case but could not be reached for comment.
Incoming District Attorney Kim Ogg – who takes office next week – has indicated her office will review the case and decide whether to proceed with a new trial.
Belinda Temple, a special education teacher at Katy High School who was pregnant with the couple’s second child, was found shot execution-style in the back of the head in a closet of her home Jan. 11, 1999.
David Temple, who coached football at Alief Hastings High School and was once a star player in Katy, was having an affair with a co-worker at the time and quickly became a suspect.
But Temple insisted he didn’t do it, and defense attorneys suggested an intruder killed Belinda Temple.