David Mark Temple seeks appeal of mur...

David Mark Temple seeks appeal of murder conviction

There are 78 comments on the KTRE-TV Lufkin story from Jan 26, 2010, titled David Mark Temple seeks appeal of murder conviction. In it, KTRE-TV Lufkin reports that:

David Mark Temple is seeking to get his 2007 murder conviction overturned. Temple, a former high school coach and SFA football player, was found guilty of killing his pregnant wife, Belinda Temple, who was murdered almost 9 years before his conviction.

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Betty Lawless

Plano, TX

#1 Jan 31, 2010
I am happy the killer is in jail. He murdered my
friend and her precious baby.

Since: Sep 09

Houston, TX

#2 Feb 16, 2010
Does anyone know what prison that David Temple is in?
good to be me

Houston, TX

#3 Feb 18, 2010
TDC website says Pack Unit in Navasota
any evidence

Yonkers, NY

#4 Feb 20, 2010
I didn't see any evidence connecting David to the murder.... should be an interesting appeal.
ethel marshall

United States

#5 Feb 20, 2010
i beleive mr temple is not guilty i hope the truth comes out i wish i could write he needs all the friends he can get
Reasonable Doubt

Frisco, TX

#6 Feb 21, 2010
I just can't comprehend how, with a panel of twelve jurors, this man was convicted. Guilty? Maaayybe... but guilty BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT??? No way. Not even close. I find this verdict very disturbing.
Angie

Greensboro, NC

#7 Feb 21, 2010
Just watched the 48 Hours episode concerning this show. My husband and I are baffled as to how this man was convicted.

First, the 16-year-old neighbor. He had a history of burglary, smoking dope, and using his father's shotguns without permission, not to mention he failed a polygraph test (or two, if I recall correctly). While that alone isn't enough to indict or prosecute him, it is plenty to, at the very least, NOT exclude him as a suspect. The fact that they did so easily is very sketchy to me.

Also, the quick discounting of the two young boys that lived next door. The boys didn't come out and say they heard the gunshots at 4:30, the POLICE estimated that. And Temple was undeniably out of the neighborhood at that point. And we heard nothing from the coroner indicating time of death. Is it possible we didn't hear any such thing because it would corroborate the young boys' story?

The timeline doesn't fit. The prosecutor's theory is that he shot his wife earlier than the boys say they heard it and THEN took his son around town to get caught on tape. Well, we know for a fact that he was at work that day because his son's daycare called him AT work to come pick up his son due to a fever. We also know for a fact that he was out and about on the town around 4:30 and that some point after that, he left his son with his neighbors across the street. What the prosecutor is asking us to believe is that this man shot his wife with his son IN THE HOUSE, or at the very least on the property. On top of that, she is asking us to believe that as a fact, and that the young boy never would have mentioned hearing a boom. He was most likely talked to that day (at least to ask if he went to these places with Daddy) and, if he had heard a boom, he probably would have said something.

It seems completely out of character. This man had, by all accounts heard , been a loving husband and father for years, and then all of a sudden wants to be with another woman so he shoots his wife, also killing his unborn daughter WEEKS before her birth? This man does not seem stupid nor mentally unstable.

Motive is not strong enough. These two people were TEACHERS. Divorce would not have financially crippled him had he filed to be with this other woman. And let's not forget that, while he did marry his mistress, he married her TWO YEARS LATER. He was so eager to be with this woman that he kills his wife and then waits two years to marry to the very woman he killed to be with? Riiiiight.

I'm surprised the charges weren't dismissed when the jacket that tested positive for gunshot residue was thrown out. That was the ONLY piece of physical evidence that even came close to linking him to the crime, and it was tenuous evidence at best due to the airborne nature of GSR.

I sincerely hope that this man wins his appeal and is released to be with his family. Not only do I believe he should have been acquitted, but I believe, beyond any doubt in my own mind, that he is innocent.
STEVEN

El Monte, CA

#8 Feb 21, 2010
I herd my neighbors shot when I was around 9 years old. I still remember exactly where I was and what was going on. And with the police time line when else would the lady have been shot! The dude was not home. That Prosecutor's website has him as her prize case. What a dick that prosicutor is. This is why I will never go to texas they discounted the kids statement becasue they were black. Texas is jacked and the people are scairy clansmen
Angie

Greensboro, NC

#9 Feb 21, 2010
^I think she's asking us to think Belinda was shot much sooner than 4:30 so that David would have had time to go around town and establish an alibi for himself. It can probably be verified that Belinda left work at a time when she would have gotten home around 4, like the show said.

The thing about the timeline re: the two young boys is that we don't know for sure exactly when they started watching the video. However, she was not discounting their testimony based on that fact, but rather the fact that "they don't know what they heard." Again, nevermind the fact that it was the POLICE estimation of the time, based on the boys' statements. It can be verified when the boys got home. It can be accurately estimated how long it took the boys to do their homework, based on the amount. The movie time is fairly concrete, assuming they didn't skip through scenes or pause for considerable lengths of time. Therefore, the police officers taking the boys' statements made a well-educated estimate as to the time the boys probably heard the gunshots. The DA discounted it because it didn't fit her theory of the case.

There are also allegations of the Temples' mail being intercepted and re-routed to the DA's office, mail that contained correspondence from an inmate who overheard another inmate practically confess to the crime. Whether or not it is reliable, it has to be checked out, and the fact that it was not disclosed, coupled with mail fraud, points to a dirty, slimy district attorney who I wouldn't trust as far as I could throw. She is also dirty in that she has publicly gone on the record to accuse David Temple's family of committing perjury just to protect him. Whether or not you believe that, without proof that they are lying, it is extremely irresponsible, reckless, and potentially slanderous to make those accusations on the record as an officer of the court. This prosecutor is dirty, dirty, dirty and should be brought up on ethics and misconduct charges.
In Awe

Buffalo, NY

#10 Feb 21, 2010
affairs do not equal murderous intent. Men cheat all the time and don't commit murder. The people who know this man would know his character, including the in-laws. The show mentioned no history of violence or anger problems for this man, even when in sports and in coaching. Honestly, there was no reasonable doubt???? My father cheated several times on my mother while my brother and I were growing up... they are happily married today (42 years) after dealing with the heartache it created. I know my father would never commit murder even though he was a lousy husband at times! I feel for Brenda's parents and family, but pain can't blind you to what you know is right and true.
miss t

Dallas, TX

#11 Feb 22, 2010
I can't believe this jury convicted him! I think the prosecutor had it out for David Temple. There is NO EVIDENCE. Beyond a reasonable doubt??? come on people. Whoever was on that jury is giving Texans a bad name?! The neighbor who had just stolen the shot guns weeks before is definitely and should be the suspect in this case. I think the cops/forensic team did a really poor job. I hope to God that evidence or someone comes forward with new information. An innocent man is in prison. That poor child who is without his father. I truly hope that justice will prevail in this case. Hopefully his appeal will be granted. This man was robbed!!!!!!
gerryphan

Anderson, CA

#12 Feb 22, 2010
Having watched that 48 Hours episode the other night, I have to agree with earlier comments regarding Temple's conviction. The prosecutor's timeline is, indeed, a slippery slope and does seem to disregard much of the police investigation. It's way too hard to believe that Temple is another Scott Peterson, offing his pregnant wife to get her and the about-to-be-born baby out of his way. Peterson had aspirations of living a swinging bachelor existence---remember the HB addition to his business card? Temple seemed to have a good reputation as a longtime solid citizen in his community, with one apparent lapse in moral conduct. I believe the guy deserves a new trial with a different prosecutor and a fresh jury of his PEERS, i.e. people with post-high school educations, please.
J Lord Washington State

Bellevue, WA

#13 Feb 22, 2010
I too just watched this last night on television and it has really stuck with me. I have been thinking about it ever since. I dont know all the facts and I was not in the courtroom, nor did I see the discovery in this matter. It just seems to me that there was not enough evidence to convict this man of murder. And, from all appearances, he seemed to be a good dad and so killing his wife and his unborn daughter seems to me like too big of a stretch. I dont personally care for the Prosecuting Attorney, but I have seen her on TV on many occasions for other cases and I do think she enjoys the attention.
skeptical

Chilliwack, Canada

#14 Mar 12, 2010
This guy is guilty and is right where he belongs.
Beverly

United States

#15 Jun 9, 2010
People...get past 48 Hours, take a breath. It was slanted to the defense. The book comes out in three weeks..."Shattered". ..Kathryn Casey. Anybody know what ever happened to the "new" Mrs Temple.
Jackie minnesota

Rosemount, MN

#16 Jul 1, 2010
He is guilty.
Read the book. You will get more information.
David Temple is a narcisstic,non emotional person!!!!
He belongs in prison.

Since: Sep 09

Houston, TX

#17 Jul 2, 2010
The man is SO guilty, no doubt about it. Yes, you guys
need to read the book that's been mentioned.
David was down right scary in High school and he didn't change.
anonymous

Katy, TX

#18 Jul 2, 2010
Does anyone remember where the house is that this took place? I've heard different answers.
exbearkat

Missouri City, TX

#19 Jul 3, 2010
anonymous wrote:
Does anyone remember where the house is that this took place? I've heard different answers.
22502 Round Valley Drive...also, did Heather end up divorcing Temple or are they still married???
anonymous

Katy, TX

#20 Jul 5, 2010
exbearkat wrote:
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22502 Round Valley Drive...also, did Heather end up divorcing Temple or are they still married???
I don't know. She must as crazy as he is. I just recently learned about this case...I didn't live here at the time but it sounds just like the Lacey/Scott case. RIP
I'll research that and see what I come up with.

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