The jury selection process has begun for a Pinellas County man accused of killing his wife over 10 years ago. Robert Temple is facing first-degree murder charges and has announced that he will be representing himself in court.
With such serious accusations and convictions at stake, Temple is making a very bold move by deciding to act as his own attorney. Temple has no legal background, but according to a TBO article, he is finding encouragement from the recent acquittal of Casey Anthony.
“Nobody believed Casey Anthony, and I see she got found not guilty,” Temple said. “It’s a matter of what the proof shows, and I believe I have enough proof to show I didn’t kill my wife.”
It is not completely surprising that Temple finds encouragement from the Casey Anthony case, but it does seem unreasonable that he is going at this alone. Having the expertise of a criminal defense attorneyis certainly one of the key components that helped make Casey Anthony’s case. Although evidence is the major piece of the puzzle, the knowledge and experience that a defense attorney would provide is essential.
Temple has many forces working against him in this case; no attorney, a “forged” confession document, and his ex-girlfriend, who allegedly helped clean up the murder scene, is testifying against him. Will Robert Temple do himself justice or will he end up regretting the decision to act as his own attorney?
Tyler Hadley, 17-year-old male from Port St. Lucie, Florida has been accused of murdering his parents, Blake and Mary-Jo Hadley. Hadley allegedly bludgeoned his parents to death with a hammer Saturday night before throwing a party where 40-60 teens attended as guests.
Hadley was appointed a public defender before facing a judge from St. Lucie County Jail, in Fort Pierce, via closed circuit camera. He was first charged with two counts of first-degree murder which have now been reduced to second-degree. No reason has been given as to what Hadley’s motive was or why the charges were dropped from first-degree murder to second. See the story from WSVN News.
First-degree murder is considered premeditated while second-degree is categorized as a crime of passion. Given the murder weapon, and the events that took place afterwards, it’s hard not to wonder, why the drop in charges? Was there a fight between the parents and Hadley prior? Is it because of the suspect’s age? There are many questions to consider, and this is only a few days after the incident. It will be interesting to see what approach the criminal defense lawyertakes in this case. We don’t know much but this is certainly a case to watch as more develops.
The public tuned in Tuesday for the opening statements of the Casey Anthony trial where Anthony finally stated her defense. Back in 2008 this case was showcased on news outlets everywhere, leading many to believe that Casey Anthony murdered her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.
During the opening statements we heard two different stories. The prosecutors claimed that Caylee suffocated from duct tape placed on her nose and mouth while defendants argued that Caylee drowned in the family pool. To complicate this trial even more, the autopsy was not able to determine how Caylee died.
An article in Seattle pi quotes Casey Anthony’s criminal defense attorney, Jose Baez saying that
“Casey should have called 911. That’s what she’s guilty of, she’s not guilty of murder. This is not a murder case.”
The article goes into more specifics as to what the defense is arguing in favor of Anthony including accusations that the police performed a “botched investigation” to feed the media a story of a murdering mother.
To further explain Casey Anthony’s bizarre behavior following her daughter’s disappearance, the defense contends that Casey was sexually molested by her father from the time she was 8 years old. This was a very dysfunctional family that had secrets, dirty secrets. The defense made specific challenges to the evidence the state will likely introduce and better be able to back up those claims through cross-examination or in their own case. One thing is for sure, Casey Anthony is going to have to take the witness stand after that opening statement.