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Former SFA football player seeks new trial in death of pregnant wife

HOUSTON (AP) -

A Houston-area former high school football coach and Stephen F. Austin State University football player convicted of killing his pregnant wife is asking for a new trial based on a potential new witness who has come forward.

David Temple in 2007 was sentenced to life in prison for the 1999 shooting death of his wife, Belinda.

Temple's attorneys filed a motion Monday that points to a new witness. They say the witness - identified only as "John Doe" - heard an alternate suspect admit to burglarizing the couple's home in Katy and firing a shotgun.

The motion also says prosecutors during the trial withheld evidence that points to the alternate suspect.

Kelly Siegler, who prosecuted the case, declined immediate comment Wednesday.

A judge in Houston has scheduled an Oct. 1 hearing on the motion.

Temple, a former high school football coach and Stephen F. Austin State University football player, was convicted of murder for killing his wife, Belinda Temple, in November 2007.

In January 1999, Temple's wife was found dead in closet of the master bedroom of their Katy home. Brenda Temple had been shot in the back of  the head with a shotgun. At the time of the crime, Temple told law enforcement officials that he had found his wife's body that morning, along with a broken window. However, authorities gathered enough evidence to arrest him on murder charges in 2004.

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