Jury selection begins in David Temple sentencing phase
**EDITOR’S NOTE: The video above is from a previous report from Monday, April 3** Jury selection begins Monday in the sentencing phase for David Temple, who was convicted of murdering his pregnant wife.
HOUSTON – Sentencing is set to begin Monday for David Temple, who was convicted of killing his expectant wife.
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He was initially found guilty for the second time in August 2019 for the brutal murder of Belinda Temple, a Katy High School teacher back in 1999. However, sentencing could not be agreed on, so a judge declared a mistrial.
A new jury was selected on April 3 to decide the sentencing, but the court opening is scheduled for Monday.
Temple was convicted for the first time in 2007 for his wife’s murder after years of an investigation, but the ruling was overturned in 2016 and he was granted a retrial.
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Prosecutors say Temple was having an affair with a co-worker and that gave him motive.
He was out running errands on Jan.11, 1999, when she was murdered. But according to the timeline assembled by investigators, he had time to slip home and kill her.
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**EDITOR’S NOTE: The video above is from a report from May 2020 on FOX 26 News’ Isiah Factor Uncensored**
At the time, Belinda was eight months pregnant with the couple’s second child. The baby also died.
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The defense said the prosecution had the timeline all wrong, and investigators retraced his steps in the evening not during the time of the murder when traffic was heavier, and argued there simply was no time.
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Prosecutors never turned over reports about the boy next door to the defense in the original trial. An appeals court in 2017 ruled that was prosecutorial misconduct and grounds for a new trial.
Debrief: David Temple mistrial
**EDITOR’S NOTE: The video above is from a report on The News Edge from May 2020
In 2020, Temple’s attorneys asked the judge to toss out the second conviction and hold a new trial. They also asked for a change of venue, but a judge denied both requests.
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