A man from Texas who has been TWENTY convicted of killing his beloved in high school, was able to roam freely in a bizarre process of deception, adultery and Renee Zellweger
- David Temple was found guilty in 2007 and later in 2019 of the murder of his wife Belinda, who was shot dead in 1999 while in her house
- He was found guilty of murder in 2007 and 2019, but the first conviction was annulled when the public prosecutor withheld evidence
- The second jury could not agree on a punishment and now a new group of judges will be called in March to convict Temple – or let him run free
- Belinda and David were high school sweethearts at Katy High School, with alma mater by Rene Zellweger
- Prosecutors believe he shot his wife and stepped up the scene, and will discuss the case in detail in the Friday 20/20 episode on ABC
A man from Texas who has been convicted twice for killing his pregnant wife could still roam free in a bizarre case after his upcoming third 20/20 trial this week.
David Temple was a local high school football player who married his cheerleader friend Belinda after graduating from Katy High School, where actress Renee Zellweger was also a student.
The two seemed to have the perfect relationship until Temple came home and reported that his wife was shot on January 11, 1999.
She was then eight months pregnant.
Sweethearts: David Temple was found guilty in 2007 and later in 2019 of the murder of his wife Belinda, who was shot in 1999 while she was at her home (couple above at their wedding)
New love: he was found guilty of murder in 2007 and 2019, but the first conviction was destroyed when the public prosecutor withheld evidence (Temple and his now estranged mistress Heather)
Belinda and David were high school sweethearts at Katy High School, with is also Rene Zellweger & alma mater (Zellweger above)
No arrests were made in the aftermath of the execution-like murder, but Temple married his mistress and started a new life until advances in DNA testing allowed investigators to reconsider the case.
Defense lawyers allegedly murdered during the trial shot Belinda with a rifle he had taken secretly from his father, but Sanders denies any involvement in her murder and was acquitted as a suspect during the investigation of her death
Those lawyers then claimed that Temple had thrown the gun and stepped up the crime scene before the police were called.
The jury who sentenced Temple, a former high school football coach, for the second time in the murder of his pregnant wife, could not make a decision about a sentence.
As a result, a mistrial was declared in August.
The conviction remains, but there must be a new jury to determine the sentence.
Prosecutors are looking for a life sentence.
Traedy: Prosecutors believe he shot his wife and stepped up the scene, and will discuss the case in detail in the Friday 20/20 episode on ABC (Belinda's body above)
More claims: David now blames a nieghbor for allegedly sneaking in an attempt to rob the house
Lost Girl: at the start of David's second lawsuit earlier this year, Heather filed a divorce
He was in jail after his trial in 2007 when his sentence was suddenly destroyed five years later.
This was due to the fact that Temple's lawyer received a tip from a man who claimed that a 16-year-old neighbor might have been involved in the murder of Belinda.
After evidence had come to the attention of David's defense team withheld by the prosecutor, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued David's first conviction in 2016 and entitled him to a new trial.
At the start of David's second lawsuit earlier this year, Heather filed a divorce.
During the second trial, Sanders claimed that he had not killed Belinda and David was found guilty for the second time in August.
Given a range from probation to life in prison, the jury was detained after more than twenty hours of consultation.
The judge declared a mistrial and the trial against the penalty phase is currently scheduled for March 2020.
20/20 will be broadcast on ABC on Friday at 9 p.m.
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