A Texas deputy and her husband were indicted on murder charges earlier today in the strangling death of a drunk man who had been urinating outside a Denny’s restaurant last month.
And only because a witness happened to capture the chilling killing on video – despite several people trying to block the videographer from recording the incident, claiming it was “illegal.”
It is not illegal to record in public, but it certainly is illegal to strangle a man to death for simply urinating in public.
But Terry Thompson, who is married to Harris County sheriff’s deputy Chauna Thompson, was apparently under the impression that he had a license to kill by proxy through his marriage to a cop.
His wife, who was off-duty, can be seen in the video holding the victim down as another man and a woman try to block the videographer from recording.
Now they both face between five years to life in prison if convicted.
An attorney for Terry Thompson claimed that John Hernandez, the 24-year-old victim, threw the first punch, but numerous witnesses testified today, including one woman who said that Thompson refused to stop strangling Hernandez, even when it was obvious he was turning purple.
The Harris County medical examiner ruled the death a homicide, determining that Hernandez died of lack of oxygen to the brain caused by strangulation and chest compression.
Hernandez’s wife said that responding deputies confiscated her phone, although it is not clear she was recording.
She also said that deputies listed Terry Thompson as the “victim” in their reports, even though it was clear to witnesses that the victim had been strangled to death.
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