Deputy & Husband Expected in Court on Murder Charges

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A Harris County sheriff’s deputy and her husband are expected to appear in court Friday, a day after being indicted on charges of murder, accused of intentionally choking a Crosby man outside a Denny’s restaurant.

Deputy Chauna Thompson, 45, and her husband, Terry Thompson, 41, also of Crosby, turned themselves in Thursday night and both made bail of $100,000 each. They could face up to life in prison if convicted.

Typically, suspects charged with felonies in Harris County appear before a state district judge the day after bonding out, to have their bail conditions set. Neither of the accused are yet scheduled on Judge Kelli Johnson’s docket, but law enforcement officials confirmed that both are expected to appear.

Both are accused of the first–degree felony of intentionally causing the death of John Hernandez, with Terry Thompson accused of choking him to death as he held him pinned to the ground. Chauna Thompson was charged as an accomplice.

The indictments, handed down late Thursday, came a day after more than 150 protesters marched across downtown Houston proclaiming “Justice for John Hernandez” and “Brown Lives Matter.”

The march was the culmination of a week of unrest after cell phone video of the incident was released.
Hernandez’s family members praised the charges as they prepared for a visitation and rosary are set for Friday. A funeral Mass will be held Saturday at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Houston.

Terry’s attorney, Scott Courtney, said prosecutors rushed the case without giving the grand jury time to consider all the evidence. Courtney said Terry did not intentionally kill Hernandez.

“I’m extremely disappointed the grand jury chose to indict,” he said. “I don’t believe the evidence shows that.”

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  • Cathy McMahan

    So he took a swing that doesn’t give you the right to choke him to death.

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  • Tony Velez

    hoping they serve life in jail & the family of the deceased sues the killer pair & those who were trying to stop & defend them from filming are also arrested

  • Rick Banks

    Unfortunately he will not be convicted….of murder. The prosecutor brought that charge to INTENTIONALLY lose the case. Everyone knows you must have proof of INTENT to prove murder….and there is none. That is why manslaughter would have been the appropriate charge…IF YOU REALLY WANTED TO CONVICT THE COP’S HUSBAND. Clearly, the prosecutor does not. He knowingly makes a charge that will be unprovable and…VOILA!! Cop’s husband escapes prison, goes on with his life like nothing happened. That’s cop privilege in full effect. It even extends to your family members.