The 48 Hours episode ‘The Alternate Suspects’ investigates the murder trial of David Temple. In November 2007, after a six-week trial, the popular football coach in Katy, Texas, was found guilty of murdering his wife Belinda Lucas Temple and unborn child. He was sentenced to life in prison. During the appeal process, Temple’s new lawyers discovered evidence – 1400 pages of police reports – which they claim was withheld from Temple’s trial which they believe can prove Temple innocent. A judge agreed that evidence was withheld and that Temple deserves a second trial. In Decemeber 2016, Temple was released from prison. Prosecutors will have to decide whether or not to try Temple again for the murder of his wife and unborn child.
When released, Temple said he wanted justice and referred to the people “who lied and cheated” during his trial. On 48 Hours, his appeals lawyer says of Harris County prosecutor Kelly Siegler, “She lied, she cheated and she broke the rules.” Siegler is a familiar face as she is the star of the Dick Wolf-produced crime-solving reality TV show Cold Justice, which is leaving TNT and coming to Oxygen in July 2017. (Oxygen Media is rebranding itself to become a crime-themed cable network this summer.) Temple’s murder case was Siegler’s last after 21 years as a prosecutor. She resigned from the District Attorney’s office in May 2008. 48 Hours airs Saturdays at 9pm and 10pm on CBS.