Belinda was an accomplished athlete in her own right and taught aerobics during college. After graduation she moved from her childhood home in Nacogdoches to Katy, Texas, to be with David, who'd grown up there.
David and Belinda Temple with their son, Evan. By all accounts both were devoted parents.
Credit: Family photo
Inside the Crime Scene
When David came home on Jan. 11, 1999, he says he saw the back door glass was broken. He says he took Evan across the street to a neighbor's house and ran back to check on Belinda. Police say the pattern of broken glass behind this door is a clue.
The back door is open in this photo and you can see the broken glass is off to the left of the door. Detectives thought the glass being off to the side meant the door was open when the glass was broken. The defense says the broken glass could have fallen out in this area as David Temple pushed the door open to rush upstairs and check on his wife.
Belinda Temple was found in the bedroom closet. She had been killed by a single shot to the head. The ammunition found with her body was consistent with a 12 -gauge shotgun from a reloaded 00 buckshot shell. The medical examiner said Belinda and her unborn baby, Erin, were killed instantly.
The day after Belinda Temple's murder, police learned that David Temple was involved with a teacher at the school where he taught and coached football: a woman named Heather Scott. Could that have been a motive for murder?
Riley Joe Sanders III was a student in Belinda Temple's high school and lived next door to the Temples. Weeks before her murder, Belinda told his parents about his excessive truancy. But Sanders insisted he bore Belinda no ill will and had no involvement in her murder.
David Temple's murder trial began in the fall of 2007. He was represented by famed Texas defense attorney Dick DeGeurin. The prosecutor, Kelly Siegler, was equally famous for her long string of courtroom successes. Siegler and DeGuerin had a long-standing courtroom rivalry. She won every case.
Defense attorney Dick DeGuerin holds a 12-gauge shotgun that was recovered with a spent 00 buckshot shell in it--the same type of weapon and ammunition used in Belinda's murder. The gun belonged to Riley Joe Sanders III's father. Police say there was no evidence this gun was used in the crime.
Heather Scott married David Temple less than two years after Belinda's murder. Temple's lawyer, Dick DeGuerin, admitted the affair did not look good for Temple but reminded jurors that "being unfaithful doesn't make you a murderer."
Stephen Clappart was an investigator for the Harris County District Attorney's Office in 2012 when a new tip came in on the case. As Clappart began to investigate and read into the case, he began to have doubts about whether the right person was in prison for Belinda Temple's murder.
Among the evidence Stephen Clappart found in the old police files were photos of a break-in that happened nine days before Belinda's murder. Just like in the Temple home, there was glass in the back of the house that was broken to gain entry.
Stephen Clappart turned over his findings to David Temple's new attorneys, Stan Schneider, and Casie Gotro. They got to read the full police reports -- which Temple's trial attorney had not had access too -- and they say evidence favorable to Temple was kept from his trial lawyer.
In 2015, Temple's new attorneys secured a new hearing in the case. They made their case to the judge that evidence was withheld at the time of Temple's trial. Kelly Siegler, who prosecuted the case against Temple, was called to testify.
Kelly Siegler testified at David Temple's hearing and said she followed the law. She did allow that certain things were not shared with the defense at the time of trial but says that was according to the law and rules of the prosecutor's office at the time.
At the end of the months-long hearing, Judge Larry Gist sided with the defense, saying prosecutors should have turned over some 36 items of evidence to David Temple's defense. He recommended Temple be given a new trial, but his opinion is not binding. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals will make the final call.