Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Bulletin: Howard Guidry: David Temple; Texas; Lawyers in death row case accuse ex-prosecutor Kelly Siegler (star of the TNT reality series "Cold Justice,") of withholding "ballistics and fingerprint evidence" in high profile murder case; Siegler has also come under fire by judge Larry Gist in the David Temple murder case who found that Siegler withheld exculpatory evidence and recommended that the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals grant Temple a new trial. (Decision pending.) Houston Press;

"Lawyers for a man on death row for a 1994 murder say that ex-Harris County prosecutor Kelly Siegler, under fire for withholding evidence in a high-profile murder case, also withheld vital evidence in theirs, the Houston Chronicle reports. Howard Guidry was one of three men convicted in the contract-killing of the estranged wife of a Missouri City police officer; his conviction was overturned, along with the officer's, "for conduct by Siegler," according to the Chron's Monday must-read story, which explains in alarming detail how Siegler withheld ballistics and fingerprint evidence, as well as changes in witness testimony.  A federal appeals court ruled that Guidry's police statement was coerced, and Siegler was found to have "admitted unlawful confessions into evidence and used hearsay evidence." .........Guidry's lawyers "are preparing to file amendments to a 2013 appeal explaining how her behavior in Guidry's case is similar to what she did in the [David Temple] case," according to the Chron.
Siegler, who left the Harris County District Attorney's Office in 2008 and stars in the TNT reality series "Cold Justice," was the subject of a stinging finding by a visiting state judge who presided over a habeas hearing regarding her work in the 2007 David Temple murder case. Judge Larry Gist found that Siegler withheld exculpatory evidence in that case and recommended that the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals grant Temple a new trial. That decision is pending."