David Mark Temple seeks appeal of murder conviction

Jan 26, 2010 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: KTRE-TV Lufkin

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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exbearkat

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Heard today that despite having already been a part for close to 3 years as well as the opposed life sentence, Heather and David remain MARRIED. To me, that indicates one thing: she feels that David will successfully win the appeal and will be back with her sometime in the foreseeable future...otherwise, why stay married to the guy if you know he's never getting out?
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That 48 Hours episode was total bs. David Temple was a total dirtbag husband. Watching his tears in his interview makes me sick now after reading the book where friends, family, and coworkers describe his mean, viscious, and violent behavior. He treated his wife like dirt and didn't want either of his 2 kids.

Oh, and Kelly Siegler is an awesome prosecuter.
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For all of you who are doubting the verdict of the jury, you need to read "Shattered" by Kathryn Casey. This book delves very deeply into the lives of Belinda and David Temple and shows him to be a very dishonorable husband to her. He found another woman and wanted out of his marriage. Everything points to him as the killer. The burglary was staged and at no time did he ever express an interest in finding the "killer" of his wife. He did not aid the detectives in the murder investigation at all and came to resent their interference in his life.
Read the book. Then form your opinion. Otherwise you're speaking from an ignorant point of view.
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"Shattered" is VERY INFORMATIVE. The author seemed to leave nothing out, must have talked to anyone who ever knew each figure in this case. I am nearly finished with the book, and I find myself fuming after each chapter. This H was an idiot, an insecure twit. NO MATCH to the excellent wife he had. I just read that H actually smiled, seemed FLATTERED when a detective suggested to her that D would kill to be with her. The detective was apparently sickened by this, didn't seem well-impressed with H.(I enjoyed reading that the detective thought all the guys saying H was "hot" must not be looking above her neck. A comment like that would hit H hard, insecure as she is, that's why I liked it.) H looked like a C-list stripper wearing a suit for the trial, don't you agree? Just a hatchet-faced, hillbilly-queen to my eyes. I am glad he's in jail where he belongs, though my heart hurts to think how he son must be living with this, and my heart breaks for beautiful Belinda, baby Erin and the Lucas family.
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David Mark Temple committed a double homicide. This narcissistic egomaniac should be on death row.
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You need to go read the book "Shattered" by Kathryn Casey because 48 Hours left out so many details. It explains everything about the neighbor and why he failed the polygraph test, etc etc. David Temple is guilty. But I wouldn't have thought so if I hadn't read the book and all I had seen was the 48 Hours episode. There just wasn't enough time to include all the important things in one episode. But the book explains it all in detail.
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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.
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ethel marshall wrote:
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
It looks like this is his address. You might want to call the prison to be sure of his SID number, but this should work.
David Mark Temple #07421342
Pack I/Pack Unit
2400 Wallace Pack Road
Nevasota, Texas 77868
I do a Jail/Prison Ministry and usually the prison or the information officer for the prison will be glad to give you the address of an inmate. If they don't know it,ask for David's caseworker and they are usually glad to provide it since mail is an important part of rehabilitation. You can google Pack I prison for the phone number if you need it. Also, if anyone on here knows David's family, they would probably be glad to give you his address provided you aren't going to write a threatening letter or something of that nature. Inmate mail is searched before they recieve it, so usually nothing gets past the mailroom.

I also don't see how a jury convicted David "beyond a reasonable doubt". There is definitely some flaws in this entire case. While ppl don't like David due to his affair and temper, that doesn't mean he killed his wife and unborn child. This case is so similiar to the David Camm Case in IN. Camm has been twice convicted of murdering his wife and 2 kids in 2000. He is currently waiting for his third trial and his defense team is seeking to get the prosecutor taken off the case due to him signing a book deal deal even though he knew this case was in its second appeal. You can read more in "One Deadly Night" by John Glatt and there is now a website for him at http://www.justicefordavidcamm.com It is a bizarre case in the fact that David Camm is a former Indiana State Trooper. Also, another man, Charles Boney, a several times convicted felon, came to light in 2005 and his DNA and fingerprints matched at the crime scene. Boney was convicted of 3 counts of Murder and Complicity to Murder and was sentenced to 225 years in 2006. David Camm's charge of complicity to Murder was dismissed in 2006 but he was once again found guilty of 3 counts of First Degree Murder--for the death of his wife, Kim, and son Brad,7 and daughter Jill, 5. I know from that case that the family appreciates mail/encouragement for ppl like David Camm and David Temple. If anyone on here knows the Temple family, it would be nice if they would start a website for David also. That gives ppl the right to read the FACTS in the case and ignore the media, which often resembes the National Inquirer at times in a murder case. Hope this info helps!
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exbearkat wrote:
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22502 Round Valley Drive...also, did Heather end up divorcing Temple or are they still married???
Heather Scott Temple is still married to David Temple. She moved from the Katy, TX area to another place where she could possibly get away from all the people that thought he was guilty and gave her a hard time about being his second wife. She did still have Evan in her custody. Her new address is listed on another Topix column under her name.
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I just finished reading "Shattered." That Temple guy is a sociopathic bully. Seems like an overblown steroid injected cold-hearted creep. He's guilty. Before you offer sympathy to this killer you should read the above-mentioned book, then you may form a different opinion.
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Margo 01 wrote:
I just finished reading "Shattered." That Temple guy is a sociopathic bully. Seems like an overblown steroid injected cold-hearted creep. He's guilty. Before you offer sympathy to this killer you should read the above-mentioned book, then you may form a different opinion.
She said she couldn't have found him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. I think everyone on here will agree he had a big ego and a bad temper along with the affair on his wife.It is easy to hate him and believe he is guilty based on the evidence presented at court. However, the neighbor boy failed several polygraphs and the same shotgun shells and similiar shotguns were found at his residence. He had a very strong motive to kill Belinda Temple--she had told his parents he was truant.The man was later on granted immunity by the prosecutor to testify about all this stuff and to me that also seems a little vague since he wasn't ever charged with the murder. When questioned, the prosecutor said he was granted immunity from smoking pot. Also, this same kid and his friends destroyed the Temple's Christmas decorations so he retaliated that way-who is to say he also wouldn't murder Belinda Temple? The only physical evidence the prosecutor had in this case was the GSR on the clothes and the FBI quit doing those tests so that got thrown out. I have read the book "Shattered" and it's a good book, but it is designed to favor the prosecutor and make Temple look guilty. My uncle is a defense attorney and based on the evidence in the book that was presented at trial (without a weapon ever being found) then I would have had to found David Temple NOT GUILTY. The only reason he was found guilty was because he ended up marrying Heather Scott. Also, in court records there is NO evidence to support that David Temple ever used steroids.
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JJP wrote:
You need to go read the book "Shattered" by Kathryn Casey because 48 Hours left out so many details. It explains everything about the neighbor and why he failed the polygraph test, etc etc. David Temple is guilty. But I wouldn't have thought so if I hadn't read the book and all I had seen was the 48 Hours episode. There just wasn't enough time to include all the important things in one episode. But the book explains it all in detail.
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I also read this book. We have a club of sorts where we read books like this and discuss the case. I would have found Temple not guilty based on what was in the book.
The timeline didn't fit at all. Also, it seemed like the prosecutor/cops changed it to meet what they wanted the timeline to be.Also, those 3 boys watching the movie actually heard a pop which was most likely a gunshot and David Temple wasn't in the house at that time.
There isn't ANY physical evidence to link David Temple to this crime. The one thing they did have was the GSR and it was ruled inadmissible as it should have been since the FBI crime lab was closed because of inadequate reports. The murder weapon was never found. Therefore, any evidence of fingerprints, etc. just wasn't there for evidence.
The motive for David Temple wanting to marry Heather Scott doesn't make any sense at all. He could have easily have gotten a divorce if that was the case. The motive for the teenage neighbor boy kiling Belinda Temple is very strong. She had told his parents he had skipped school and he was angry-he even admitted that on the witness stand. I wouldn't think a truant kid that smokes pot would even be a reliable witness in this case. Also, he had some 12 guage shotguns and the same kind of shotgun shells that were used in the murder. Him and his friends had torn down Christmas decorations at the Temple house because he was mad-so it wasn't beyond him to also kill someone. He most likely knew the dog and could have gotten into the house. She might have let him in. Of anyone, he had the strongest motive for killing Belinda and since he confessed to smoking pot the day of the murder there is no telling what else he did. He also MOVED to another state and was brought back to testify at this trial and GRANTED immunity for smoking pot. According to the prosecutor, he came back willingly but she would have gotten a court order to have him come back if he hadn't of agreed to. By her granting him immunity, it shows she wanted him back real bad. There wasn't anything mentioned about a warrant on him for smoking pot, so the fact she granted him immunity to come back shows she needed his testimony to convict David Temple.
David Temple didn't have a motive to kill Belinda Temple. Sure, he was having an affair, but he could of gotten a divorce if he really wanted to be with Heather Scott. David had to sell his house since it took both incomes to pay the mortgage on their home so he lost bigtime there. It wasn't like he stood to benefit from a large sum of money or anything like that. Also, there was never any evidence (except for her friends that testified in court for the prosecutor) that David even wanted to be with Heather that much. Most likely, at the time, she was just a fling since his wife was 8 months pregnant. The affair alone isn't enough motive for David to kill his son't mother.
I also think David Temple is innocent based on what I read. The affair on Belinda while she was pregnant with Erin kind of turns anyone against him, but an affair doesn't consitute murder. The jury got this one wrong.
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ethel marshall wrote:
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
You can write David at this address:
David Mark Temple #1478735
Pack 1 Unit
2400 Wallace Pack Road
Navasota, Texas 77868

There is another poster on here, and they posted the address, but listed the SID number instead of the TJCJ number which is 1478735. He will appreciate the support and I am sure he needs it.
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QUOTE who="temple not guilty"]<quoted text>I also read this book. We have a club of sorts where we read books like this and discuss the case. I would have found Temple not guilty based on what was in the book.
The timeline didn't fit at all. Also, it seemed like the prosecutor/cops changed it to meet what they wanted the timeline to be.Also, those 3 boys watching the movie actually heard a pop which was most likely a gunshot and David Temple wasn't in the house at that time.
There isn't ANY physical evidence to link David Temple to this crime. The one thing they did have was the GSR and it was ruled inadmissible as it should have been since the FBI crime lab was closed because of inadequate reports. The murder weapon was never found. Therefore, any evidence of fingerprints, etc. just wasn't there for evidence.
The motive for David Temple wanting to marry Heather Scott doesn't make any sense at all. He could have easily have gotten a divorce if that was the case. The motive for the teenage neighbor boy kiling Belinda Temple is very strong. She had told his parents he had skipped school and he was angry-he even admitted that on the witness stand. I wouldn't think a truant kid that smokes pot would even be a reliable witness in this case. Also, he had some 12 guage shotguns and the same kind of shotgun shells that were used in the murder. Him and his friends had torn down Christmas decorations at the Temple house because he was mad-so it wasn't beyond him to also kill someone. He most likely knew the dog and could have gotten into the house. She might have let him in. Of anyone, he had the strongest motive for killing Belinda and since he confessed to smoking pot the day of the murder there is no telling what else he did. He also MOVED to another state and was brought back to testify at this trial and GRANTED immunity for smoking pot. According to the prosecutor, he came back willingly but she would have gotten a court order to have him come back if he hadn't of agreed to. By her granting him immunity, it shows she wanted him back real bad. There wasn't anything mentioned about a warrant on him for smoking pot, so the fact she granted him immunity to come back shows she needed his testimony to convict David Temple.
David Temple didn't have a motive to kill Belinda Temple. Sure, he was having an affair, but he could of gotten a divorce if he really wanted to be with Heather Scott. David had to sell his house since it took both incomes to pay the mortgage on their home so he lost bigtime there. It wasn't like he stood to benefit from a large sum of money or anything like that. Also, there was never any evidence (except for her friends that testified in court for the prosecutor) that David even wanted to be with Heather that much. Most likely, at the time, she was just a fling since his wife was 8 months pregnant. The affair alone isn't enough motive for David to kill his son't mother.

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THE GUY DID NOT WANT TO BE MARRIED...HE DID NOT WANT ANYMORE CHILDREN, ESPECIALLY NOT A GIRL. Look at his record. He has a pattern of falling in love...then falling in 'hate.' He abused his girlfriends. Threw one girl up against the wall. He tried to run down an elderly couple with his car and laughed about it. He held a shotgun to his brother Darren's head. Witnesses stated that he had a shotgun just like the one that killed his wife...where is it?? in a rice field, probably, The teen's gun did not match the shells used in the killing. Yes, the kid smoked pot...does that mean he is a killer? Half of the population in the United States would have been wiped out if every teen that was high on pot shot someone head off. Your 'sort of book club' has got to stop 'speed-reading' the books. They'll get more out of them.

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To Marge01: We felt like we read the book very throughly. We didn't just read the book-we looked for court documents, records, testimonies, etc. before we even decided if we thought Mr. Temple was guilty. I wish you would point it out where Mr. Temple didn't want a baby girl--maybe we overlooked something but we didn't see that at all. It seems like him and his entire family were hapy to get a girl in their family. Also, even though he abused his girlfriends that kind of behavior seemed to be when he was very young and he had moved past that. He DIDN'T hold a shotgun to Darren's head--Darren stated that in his court testimony and the Judge ruled it admissible so he obviously believed him.Also, the neighbor boy not only smoked dope he was mad at Belinda and said so on the stand. THAT is a motive. And, he failed at least two polygraph tests regarding her murder--that gives a lot of reason that he is guilty of something. He most definitely had the kind of shotgun shells that were used--they didn't have blood or glass in the gun but it's the same thing. And, he had a violent temper-he even knocked down the Temple's Christmas decorations. THAT shows a lot of anger. Any one that is high on pot is capable of anything since their mind is in an altered state and that is also a crime-here in Kentucky and Indiana we prosecute people like that. It seems this neighbor boy kept jumping through the cracks. The cops tried time and time again to put a gun in David Temple's hand and they could never even prove he owned this kind of gun at all. IF he had owned one, they would have produced some evidence of it other than witnesses who were called by the prosecution and some who didn't even want to testify. Also, why would the prosecutor grant the neighbor boy immunity from drug charges when the question here is a Murder charge not a drug charge? She needed to clear this teen punk so he wouldn't be investigated further and be charged in this murder.And, also he had moved out of Texas to another state, so she apparently wanted him bad to have to grant immunity. Not one person in our book club liked David Temple, but no one would have found him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. As for speed-reading as you put it, we never do that. We look for a lot more evidence than is in a book-anyone can write a book and put what they want to in it. Books are written so ppl will buy them and they generally always go against the person convicted/or suspected in a case. Maybe you need to stop reading and taking books so seriously and dig a little deeper in the facts/court records.
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oh heather scott has an affair with 2 married men that are friends.....what a slut! So in the end the slut gets the bully football hero (hero of a little town) yeah, you did good there Temple.....what a life you made for yourself. Loser! When you made fun of belinda claiming she had a fat @ss.......well your getting it up your @ss in prison.....HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Hope it feels good football hero :)
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beaners wrote:
oh heather scott has an affair with 2 married men that are friends.....what a slut! So in the end the slut gets the bully football hero (hero of a little town) yeah, you did good there Temple.....what a life you made for yourself. Loser! When you made fun of belinda claiming she had a fat @ss.......well your getting it up your @ss in prison.....HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Hope it feels good football hero :)
She couldn't even be faithful in an affair since she was playing two dudes against each other. She just seemed to want attention IMO. What a sleaze bag she is. It is unreal that she continues to be a teacher in the school system there. If I had a kid in school, I would not want her teaching the child. She is such a bad example for kids. Temple lost his appeal so she is probably bagging some other man now. I wouldn't classify Temple as a hero-he was a big bully in the first degree. RIP, Belinda and Erin.
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Earthshaker wrote:
David Mark Temple committed a double homicide. This narcissistic egomaniac should be on death row.
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I live near Temples. Dave's brother/father take your pick. He lost his appeal. He won't be getting out. He SHOT & MURDERED 2 people, one in the womb - his baby. OH heaven forbid any TEMPLE believe their son is a killer? OH WAIT - the mom does, still does. but keeps her mouth shut if she knows whats good for her or she'll be punished too right?

"I didn't give birth to a killer, did I."

I dont' know mama, did you? Its very obvious you did raise a narcissitic psychopath that could do no wrong. Good going. Quit pouting Temples & go away and hide your heads. YOU are not TOP of founding family in Katy anymore. EVERYONE speaks behind your back. Everyone!
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Hows the slut heather? There are some pictures being passed around like the slut she is. I think we'll all send them to David. Let him know what his bitch is doing out of his reach. Maybe he needs to teach her a lesson? Its what Temples do. Skanky slut can keep her twat closed, not even a week. O but the pics could be career ending. Wouldn't that be justice? We'll see what's coming :)
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Nat wrote:
"Shattered" is VERY INFORMATIVE. The author seemed to leave nothing out, must have talked to anyone who ever knew each figure in this case. I am nearly finished with the book, and I find myself fuming after each chapter. This H was an idiot, an insecure twit. NO MATCH to the excellent wife he had. I just read that H actually smiled, seemed FLATTERED when a detective suggested to her that D would kill to be with her. The detective was apparently sickened by this, didn't seem well-impressed with H.(I enjoyed reading that the detective thought all the guys saying H was "hot" must not be looking above her neck. A comment like that would hit H hard, insecure as she is, that's why I liked it.) H looked like a C-list stripper wearing a suit for the trial, don't you agree? Just a hatchet-faced, hillbilly-queen to my eyes. I am glad he's in jail where he belongs, though my heart hurts to think how he son must be living with this, and my heart breaks for beautiful Belinda, baby Erin and the Lucas family.
If she ever reads this, she'll only think you're jealous-skank like that always thinks people are jealous. It's the truth though, and I agree with you. She's a A-grade hillbilly for sure. She may be a teacher, but she's not far from the trailer park, one look at her hairdo will confirm this-she's 40 something and hair down to her waist or such. Yuck.

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