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David Temple

Father pleads for justice in Belinda Lucas Temple’s murder, demands DA hand over case to special prosecutor for retrial

by Alan Duke, Reporter & 'Crime Stories With Nancy Grace' Co-host

David Temple spent a decade in prison after a jury convicted him of murdering his wife, but the former high school coach is now free as the district attorney in Houston, Texas, decides if he’ll be tried again for Belinda Lucas Temple’s death.

The high school teacher was eight months pregnant when she was killed by a shotgun blast to her head inside her Katy, Texas, home in 1999. The prosecution argued her husband wanted to get rid of her so he could marry his mistress.

The 2007 conviction was tossed last year after an appeals court ruled that 36 instances of misconduct by the prosecutor denied David Temple a fair trial. The misconduct included not sharing police reports, phone records and other evidence that might have supported the defense contention that Belinda was killed by a burglar.

Belinda’s father, Tom Lucas, called “Crime Stories” asking Nancy Grace to look at his daughter’s case. “I need lots of help, if possible,” Lucas said. His wife died after suffering a heart attack Lucas believes was caused by the stress of the case.

Nancy is asking listeners to call the Harris County, Texas, district attorney’s office to urge that the Temple murder case be handed over to an independent prosecutor for a new trial. The number is 713-274-5800.

[Feature Photo: Kathryn Casey]

Alan’s journalism career began as a way to pay for his plan to become a lawyer, but he soon realized being a courtroom reporter was a lot more fun than sitting at a defense table. Duke covered many of the nation’s most sensational crime stories over his 26 years at CNN. Duke’s closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat, much of his time was spent talking to cops, coroners and lawyers. His reporting on the investigation that followed Michael Jackson’s death — and two subsequent trials — included many revelations about the singer’s life and death.   Since leaving CNN in 2014, Duke has contributed to the Reelz Channel “Copycat Killers” documentary series. He is a co-founder and editor-in-chief for LeadStories.com.