David Temple Wants to be Cleared of Murder Charge

David Temple - file photo


KATY (Houston Chronicle) – Former Katy football star and Alief High coach David Temple said Wednesday that he wants to be declared actually innocent in the murder of his pregnant wife.

“I hope my name is cleared once and for all and justice will be served,” Temple said. “That’s my prayer every day.”

Temple, 48, appeared in court Wednesday as prosecutors and defense attorneys negotiated on how to proceed on the high-profile murder case.

The former coach, who remains charged with murder in the 1999 shooting death of his wife, Belinda Lucas Temple, was released Dec. 28 after his conviction was overturned by the state’s highest court amid findings of prosecutorial misconduct. He is free on $30,000 bail.

After a brief hearing in front of state District Judge Kelli Johnson, defense attorneys for Temple said they want a court determination that Temple is actually innocent.

“Our goal is an exoneration,” said attorney Stanley Schneider. “We believe the evidence is there already, if it’s presented in an orderly fashion.”

Standing next to him in front a bank of reporters, the accused killer agreed. He also said he adjusting to being out of prison.


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