Sacto 9-1-1
September 11, 2008
Assault leads to arrest of Redding man in cold-case killing

From Niesha Lofing:

A Redding man is facing murder charges in a cold-case homicide after allegedly assaulting a woman who helped him bury the person he allegedly killed nearly 10 years ago.

A Redding woman contacted authorities in Largo, Fla., after Robert Glenn Temple, 58, allegedly threatened her and held a knife to her throat in front of their 3-year-old daughter on Aug. 25 at their home, Redding police said.

The woman told Pinellas County sheriff's detectives that she had moved to the Redding area with Temple in 2008.

She told detectives that she had information about the nearly decade-old killing and accused Temple of murdering his wife, Rosemary Christensen, 44, in Florida. The woman said she helped Temple clean the crime scene and bury Christensen's body in the north part of the state, police said.

Florida authorities contacted Redding police on Sept. 3 to aid in the investigation.

Redding police investigated the domestic violence incident and arrested Temple on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and criminal threats, police said. Temple is being held in the Shasta County Jail.

On Sunday, Pinellas County sheriff's detectives flew the woman to Florida so she could show them where Christensen's body was buried.

Detectives located the body Monday, buried on property owned by the Redding woman's father in north Florida, police said.

Pinellas County detectives Wednesday obtained an arrest warrant for Temple, accusing him of murdering Christensen on Aug. 26, 1999, police said.

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