Saturday, June 10, 2017

Texas sheriff’s deputy and her husband charged with murder in chokehold at Denny’s

Days after an off-duty Texas sheriff’s deputy was accused of helping her husband choke a man to death outside a Denny’s restaurant, both have been charged with murder. Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Chauna Thompson and her husband, Terry Thompson, were indicted Thursday in the killing of 24-year-old John Hernandez. Hernandez was hospitalized after he was choked during a late-night encounter with the couple May 28, authorities said, and he died three days later. The Thompsons turned themselves into the authorities Thursday night and were released from jail on $100,000 bail, according to the Associated Press. The deadly Memorial Day weekend confrontation started outside the restaurant in Sheldon, Tex., 17 miles northeast of Houston. Investigators say Hernandez had been drinking and was urinating outside the restaurant when Terry Thompson approached him. A verbal confrontation turned physical, although it’s unclear who escalated it, authorities said.

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