No ruling has been made yet by the District Attorney’s office on whether David Temple will be retried for the murder of his wife Belinda and unborn child. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled in late 2016 that he should get a new trial.
If you read any stories about David Temple, people are split on what they think. The vast majority seem to think he is guilty.
I will repeat myself. The key to the entire case lies with Cody Ellis, a close friend of Riley Joe Sanders, who in my mind is the murderer of Belinda Temple.
Bring Cody Ellis into the police station and grill him. He is probably afraid that he will be implicated in the murder as a co-conspirator by his connection to the shotgun. Murder has no statute of limitations, but any other charges not directly connected to the murder or outlying charges connected to the murder are no longer applicable.
Tell him if he doesn’t want to reveal what happened, if Riley Joe Sanders is ever brought to trial and convicted, Cody Ellis will be brought to trial as well. Tell him if he will reveal everything he knows, he will be given immunity and will never be tried for anything ever in this case.
I believe Cody Ellis had a lawyer after the trial, and wouldn’t talk to anybody. Doesn’t that make some of these people who think David Temple is guilty of the murder feel that Cody Ellis has something very pertinent to this case he has not revealed. Facts vary on this, but Kelly Siegler is the one who supposedly found that lawyer for him.
You can weigh all the evidence back and forth as people have done for years, but the one point that sticks in my mind is that prosecutor Kelly Siegler, for whatever reason, and this is my opinion, provided too much protection for Riley Joe Sanders and Cody Ellis, and never even considered them as being involved.
Why, Kelly Siegler, why did you do that, and why did Cody Ellis need a lawyer?
Original Story Published 3/15/16
“Forty-eight Hours” covered the David Temple murder trial thoroughly on Saturday night. Sometimes there is so much information, it is hard to connect all the dots.
Let’s concentrate on the person and weapon that in my mind committed the murder, Riley Joe Sanders and a stolen shotgun. In my opinion Kelly Siegler, the prosecutor in the David Temple trial, in the most underhanded of circumstances, aided and abetted Riley Joe Sanders, and in the least of circumstances, turned a blind eye to the evidence implicating him.
Belinda Temple was killed in her own home by a shotgun blast to the face.
Riley Joe Sanders, sixteen at the time in 1999, who lived next door with his parents, had stolen his father’s shotgun.
Belinda was killed with a 12 gauge shotgun.
The shotgun Riley Joe Sanders had was a 12 gauge shotgun.
Belinda was killed with one shotgun blast of reloaded double-ought buck shot.
There was one empty shell in Riley Joe Sanders shotgun that had contained reloaded double-ought buckshot, and a second, unfired shell with reloaded double-ought buck shot.
Ballistics cannot be used in the shooting of a shotgun as it is in the striations of a hand gun as the bullet travels along the barrel after being fired.
However, the two shells in the shotgun, one fired and one not were reloaded shells. For you not familiar with the term, the shell is fired and is saved for reloading so that it can be fired again. This is money saving, because new shells are more expensive than reloaded shells.
Why didn’t the police examine the double-ought buck shot found in Belinda’s face and the double-ought buck shot unfired shell in Riley Joe Sanders’ shotgun to see if there were similarities in the buck shot. I’ll stake my reputation there were.
Riley Joe Sanders asked the friend that was with him that day, Cody Ellis, to hide the shotgun for him after it had been fired, but still have the spent shell in the barrel, along with an unfired shell. His friend hid it under his bed. The jury in David Temple’s trial never heard that because it was buried in the information Kelly Siegler only gave to the defense attorney while the trial was in progress. Hundreds of pages of police reports that had not been reviewed by the defense prior to the start of the trial, because Kelly Siegler had not turned them over to the defense.
And who made the decision about what was exculpatory to David Temple, and condemning to Riley Joe Sanders in those police reports? Kelly Siegler.
Kelly Siegler said that Riley Joe Sanders respected Belinda Temple, who was a teacher of special education at the high school. Really?
Belinda reported to Riley Joe Sanders family the numerous times that Riley Joe Sanders was absent from school. She also complained to his family about Riley Joe Sanders and his friends leaving broken beer bottles and other debris on her lawn.
Riley Joe Sanders was the last witness that Kelly Siegler called in the murder trial against David Temple. He said he had nothing to do with Belinda’s murder. Kelly Siegler praised Riley Joe Sanders on “48 Hours” for voluntarily coming forward to testify. She said his words and actions proved he was telling the truth.
Riley Joe Sanders at that time had failed three polygraph tests about the murder, and Kelly Siegler knew it. Some of Riley Joe Sanders friends had failed polygraph tests. Kelly Siegler knew that. Riley Joe Sanders said he was in school that day. That was a lie. He said he drove around all day with his friends, and smoked marijuana. I believe the portion of his story where he said he smoked marijuana.
After David Temple was convicted of murder, the lead investigator for the district attorney’s office Steve Clappart went to work for the new defense attorneys in David Temple’s case. The defense attorneys were attempting to get David Temple a new trial.
Clappart read the 1,300 pages of police reports that Kelly Siegler had not turned over to David Temple’s original attorney until the trial was going on. He became convinced that David Temple was not guilty.
He did two things while working for the district attorney’s office. He took Riley Joe Sanders to the airport after the trial was over. The second thing is the most telling of all. Kelly Siegler asked him to ship Riley Joe Sanders shotgun to him after the trial because he was living in Arkansas at the time.
How did the police department in Katy, Texas have possession of the shotgun? A deputy had it. How did he get it? Kelly Siegler said nobody knows, because the deputy did not file an additional report. The potential murder weapon, and the deputy did not file a report about it? Does this sound like more suppression of evidence to you?
When Kelly Siegler was no longer a prosecutor and heard that Steve Clappart wanted to talk to Riley Joe Sanders and Cody Ellis about the shotgun, she found both of them lawyers, and Steve Clappart could not talk to them because of their lawyers. An ex-prosecutor finding a potential suspect in the case and his friend who hid a 12 gauge shotgun on the day of the murder, and she finds them a lawyer. I’ve never heard of that.
Steve Clappart did find that a few days before Belinda was murdered a burglary occurred just a short distance away from the Temple home, and that some of Riley Joe Sanders’ friends were involved. And the scene of that burglary was much like the scene at the Temple home.
Another person who knew Riley Joe Sanders came forward after the trial to tell that Riley Joe Sanders told him of a burglary he had been involved in that went very wrong.
David Temple would have never been convicted if he had not been having an affair while Belinda was nine months pregnant. Kelly Siegler hounded and hounded on that in court. David Temple admitted he was wrong for doing that, but he did not kill his wife. He did marry the lady he had had an affair with a year and a half after Belinda’s death. She raised David and Belinda’s son after David was convicted in 2007. The son was 12 at the time.
Kelly Siegler, other than having a mistress for David Temple, had three points of contention in his trial. The Temple dog would have attacked and bitten Riley Joe Sanders.
Riley Joe Sanders admitted in grand jury testimony the Temple’s dog would bark if he was cutting grass, but otherwise would just come over and sniff at him.
The forensics detective said he thought the scene looked like a staged burglary because of the way the glass shattered from the door.
He did not account for the rush into the house by David Temple when he found his house had been broken into.
The timeline. Kelly Siegler said Belinda was shot at 4 P. M. when she returned home from school. One of the teachers at the high school saw her between 3:20 and 3:30 at the school, and Belinda made a call to David at 3:32. Belinda could not have driven home and been there at 4 P. M.
Two young boys who lived in a house behind the Temples said they heard a loud bang. They had started watching the movie “Dr. Doolittle” on TV at 4:00 and knew exactly where in the movie they heard the shot. It was 4:30. Oddly enough that is the time Riley Joe Sanders said he arrived home that day.
David Temple and his young four-year old son were several miles away at 4:30 being shown on a video in a grocery store.
The judge who heard the evidence the new attorneys gave, said David Temple should get a new trial. It is before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals to issue the final decision.
The judge said there were 36 points of info that Kelly Siegler should have provided to the defense before the trial began. Kelly Siegler said the judge is ridiculous.
As for me, I’d find Cody Ellis, the fellow who hid Riley Joe Sanders shotgun on the day of Belinda Temple’s murder. I’d sit on his tail, waiting for the least law that he broke, and haul him off to jail, and I would keep doing it. In my opinion he hid the murder weapon, and he knew it was the murder weapon. He could be up to serve a few years for that, if it is ever proven that Riley Joe Sanders shotgun is the murder weapon. I’d give him one chance for immunity for hiding the shotgun if he would tell what he knows about the murder. If not and the case is ever proven against Riley Joe Sanders, I would guarantee him he would be put in jail for participating in a conspiracy to commit murder and for hiding the gun.
Sit there Cody Ellis in silence, but know there is always that possibility you will go to jail for a very long time.
Take a sip of wine or whatever you drink Kelly Siegler, and know how ridiculous you look now, and know you never turned your prosecutorial eye toward Riley Joe Sanders.
And Riley Joe Sanders? I only wish I knew a hit man.
If any of you law abiding citizens know Riley Joe Sanders or Cody Ellis, ask them about the shotgun, about the murder. You won’t get any answers, but look at their reactions, and tell me what you think.
And if David Temple is granted a new trial, his attorneys will be armed with all the info about Riley Joe Sanders and Cody Ellis, and this time they will be ready.
I look for Cody Ellis to crack on the stand, and reveal everything.
At the new trial for David Temple, if I were the defense lawyers, I would call Riley Joe Sanders’ shotgun as a witness, as a hostile witness. As a hostile witness, I would have more latitude about asking questions.