A new sentencing trial looms in the distance for a Texas man who was convicted twice for killing his wife. Both previous trials were thrown out. With a new jury selection and strange twists in the case, there’s a chance he could walk free.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, David Temple was first convicted in 2007 for the 1999 slaying of his beautiful wife, Belinda Temple. Prosecutors successfully argued that Temple shot Belinda execution-style before calling 911 and reporting a break-in. Investigators found her body inside the master bedroom of their suburban home in Katy.
At the time, Belinda was eight months pregnant with their second child. Their son, Evan, was only three at the time of his 30-year-old mother’s death.
ABC’s 20/20, along with special guest Nancy Grace and feature interviews with those close to the case, follow the Temple’s most recent trial as his family waits again for justice in a shocking new documentary. Stunning new details and twists in the case are revealed in the upcoming show, “Texas Love Triangle.”
Belinda’s case went cold for years until DNA advancements helped put Temple behind bars almost a decade after the murder.
The evidence against Temple seemed crystal clear. During both trials, prosecutors showed how Temple tried to stage a burglary and create an alibi for himself by going to a hardware store. Further, Temple was caught in a love triangle with his wife and a local teacher, who he ended up marrying after Belinda’s death.
A lack of evidence did not lead to two mistrials. Jurors during both trials agreed that Temple killed his wife. However, the first trial was thrown out after prosecutors withheld evidence. The second trial was thrown out after a jury could not decide on his sentencing, leading to a new sentencing trial, where jurors will decide the man’s fate.
Could new details in the case lead to Temple walking free after the new sentencing trial?
“Not only do Belinda’s parents have to live through two jury trials, David Temple could walk free,” CrimeOnline’s Nancy Grace told ABC’s 20/20.
Temple’s third trial is scheduled for March 2020.
“Texas Love Triangle” airs Friday at 9|8c on ABC.
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[Feature Photo: David and Belinda Temple/Family Handout]