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Ex-Coach Guilty of Pregnant Wife's 1999 Murder—Again

David Temple faces life in prison in Texas
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2019 12:25 PM CDT
David Temple stands in the courtroom as jury selection begins during his retrial in Houston, on June 24, 2019.   (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)

(Newser) – For a second time, a former Texas high school football coach has been found guilty of his pregnant wife's 1999 murder. David Temple, who could be sentenced as soon as Wednesday, faces life in prison for shooting Belinda Temple in the back of the head during a staged burglary at the couple's home in the Houston suburb of Katy on January 11, 1999. The unborn child also died. Temple's 2007 conviction for the same crime was overturned in 2016 as an appeals court found he did not receive a fair trial. At the conclusion of the second trial, the jury deliberated for eight hours before returning a guilty verdict. Temple dropped into his chair, covered his mouth, and started crying, KPRC reports. Prosecutors had argued Temple, 51, killed his wife, who was eight months pregnant, because he was having an affair with a coworker.

Defence attorneys admitted to that fact. Temple had declared his love for Heather Scott three days before his wife's murder, and married her two years later, per the Houston Chronicle. She filed for divorce shortly after the second trial began, per CBS News. But "this betrayal does not prove he killed [Belinda]," said lawyer Stanley Schneider. "It proves he's a lousy husband." Schneider pointed the finger at a neighbor and student of Belinda, a teacher who'd reported school absences to the teen's parents. But prosecutors said Temple had enough time to kill his wife, who was found in a master bedroom closet, before going shopping with the couple's 3-year-old son to secure an alibi. Temple, a hunter, is also suspected of ditching the murder weapon during the trip. It was never found. Nonetheless, "Belinda can finally rest," her brother tells KPRC. (Read more murder stories.)

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