David Mark Temple was a former football star turned coach who was convicted in 2007 for the 1999 murder of his pregnant wife, Belinda. He spent nine years in prison, vowing all along he was innocent. In December he was released from prison when a Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, in a split decision, found he didn’t get a fair trial.
Now, in an emotional interview with “48 Hours” correspondent Richard Schlesinger, Temple opens up about his life, evidence not admitted in his first trial that he believes can clear him, seeing his family outside of prison for the first time, and his future in “The Alternate Suspects,” to be broadcast Saturday, March 25 (10:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
“I see my family one at a time,” Temple says, while crying. “It’s incredible to just have that touch, and that affection that you’ve wanted all that time and have not been able to have – is a sweet, sweet joy.”
Temple’s future is not so clear. In 1999 his wife Belinda was shot dead in her Katy, Texas home. Temple’s trial pitted two of the biggest names in the legal world against each other: defense attorney Dick DeGuerin, who successfully defended billionaire Robert Durst, and prosecutor Kelly Siegler. At trial, prosecutors maintained that Temple was having an affair and wanted his wife out of the picture, while DeGuerin suggested Belinda was killed in a burglary gone wrong.
Temple was convicted and sent to prison for life. But then Temple’s appellate attorneys, Stanley Schneider and Casie Gotro, argued that Siegler didn’t turn over the complete police report against their client, which contained critical evidence. Siegler tells Schlesinger that “every single thing under the law Mr. DeGuerin was entitled to was turned over to him.” The court agreed with Temple’s attorneys, and Temple was released from prison.
“Two angels left to – left to go to heaven a long time ago,” Temple tells Schlesinger, referring to his wife and unborn child. “And justice hasn’t been served one day for them yet. And I pray every day that that will happen. And my name for once and all will be cleared.”
Now the case is in the hands of the new Harris County district attorney, who will decide whether to prosecute Temple all over again. Temple is uncertain what the future holds.
“I wouldn’t wish a trial on my worst enemy,” Temple says of the possibility of being retried.
“But if I need to do it, I would do it,” he says. “And I’d do it tomorrow if I need to do it.”
“The Alternate Suspects” is the second broadcast in a “48 Hours” double feature, which begins at 9:00 PM ET/PT with an updated encore of “What Happened in Apt. 1601?”, also reported by Schlesinger and focusing on the 2013 death of Mark Waugh, who entered a Washington D.C. apartment with two other friends, Rahul Gupta and Gupta’s girlfriend, Taylor Gould, after a night of barhopping. Gupta and Gould walked out alive, bloody and drunk, according to police. They also told police they didn’t know what happened. But police tried something highly unusual during the interrogation process and put Gupta and Taylor in a room alone. Their conversation decided who went home and who would be charged with murder.
“48 Hours: What Happened in Apt. 1601?” is produced by Josh Yager and Dena Goldstein. Tom Costantino and Kevin Dean are the editors. Linda Martin is the update producer. Peter Schweitzer is the senior producer. Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer.
“48 Hours: The Alternate Suspects” is produced by Sarah Prior and Gail Abbott Zimmerman. Michael McHugh is the producer editor. Doreen Schechter, Joan Adelman and Gary Winter are the editors. Judy Tygard is the senior producer. Susan Zirinsky is the senior executive producer.