PINELLAS COUNTY - Friends of a Bay area woman murdered twelve years ago reacted to the guilty verdict handed down Saturday for the man accused of killing her - her husband, Robert Temple.
It took the jury about two hours to reach the verdict. Judge Philip Federico then sentenced Temple to life in prison without parole for first degree murder.
Prosecutors say Temple stabbed Rosemary Christensen back in 1999, put her in a plastic container, and buried her. Friends of Christensen say they always knew her husband was to blame for her disappearance and death, and are very pleased with the verdict.
"I am thrilled, excited. [The] justice system did a great job," said Kathy MacKinnon.
Temple represented himself during the six-day trial and claimed he and his wife were swingers. He said Christensen was killed accidentally during a sex game between her and his girlfriend at the time. He said the girlfriend, Lesley Stewart, killed his wife.
Stewart took the stand during the trial and maintained that Temple was the one who stabbed his wife to death.
Temple lashed out at Judge Federico after he was sentenced, using curse words to say he will win an appeal. Temple has 30 days to appeal. He will not be representing himself again. He chose to have the Public Defender's Office handle it.