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Harris County, TX — Terry Thompson, a 41-year-old Harris County man choked another man to death at a local Denny’s Sunday night. The dramatic footage of the fight emerged this week which prompted a heavy backlash by people wanting to know why the couple was not charged. However, it appears that all this has now changed as just moments ago, a Texas grand jury indicted both the sheriff’s deputy and her husband on murder charges for the death of John Hernandez.

A grand jury has indicted Deputy Chauna Thompson and her husband, Terry, for murder in the deadly fight at Denny’s.

“We believe that this grand jury true bill is a reflection of our community’s belief that a crime occurred,” Harris County DA Kim Ogg said. “And that crime was murder and it was participated by Terry Thompson and his wife Deputy Chauna Thompson.”

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“The video to me is almost by itself enough. You see a person on the ground who is completely immobilized and grunting and moaning. And you see a big guy on top of him choking him and he dies of that choking,” said Hernandez family attorney Randall Kallinen.

The couple is now facing five years to life for their role in Hernandez’ death.

Hernandez, 24, was drunk when he went to the restaurant Sunday night, his family told reporters. From the surveillance video, a wobbly Hernandez can be seen entering the restaurant. He sat down but got up to leave the establishment, over the objections of his wife who pleaded for him to stay.

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The drunken man then reportedly relieved himself outside the front entrance, apparently in front of the deputy and her husband. Taking umbrage with the grown man peeing in the parking lot, the deputy’s husband confronted Hernandez about his actions.

According to the Thompson, he claims the drunken Hernandez struck him and started a fight which ended when the deputy’s husband reportedly choked the man unconscious. The off-duty deputy helped restrain Hernandez and noticed he wasn’t breathing.

She started CPR and waited for paramedics to arrive. After on-duty police arrived, surprisingly, the deputy’s husband was not charged with assault, involuntary manslaughter, manslaughter, or even murder.

Hernandez was transported to the hospital by ambulance, was placed into intensive care, but was taken off of life support. He later died.

Following Hernandez’ death, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez asked for the Texas Rangers and the Department of Justice to become involved in the investigation.

From the video, the large man in a red tank top (deputy’s husband) can be seen seemingly choking Hernandez to the point which led to his demise. Bystanders, apparently realizing what was taking place, attempted to step in front of the camera as the man can be seen rendering Hernandez incapacitated.

Thompson can be heard telling Hernandez, “Do you want me to hit you again?” Panic can be heard in the young lady’s voice standing nearby when she notices someone is recording the incident.

Thompson does not appear to be attempting to kill Hernandez, only subdue him, but his weight, combined with the choke, likely contributed to Hernandez fatal injuries.

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One man, dressed in what appears to be biker attire, threatened the person recording the attack with going to jail and continued to step in front of the camera.

No one, in the 52-second video, can be seen attempting to break up the fight, appearing to be more concerned with the fact someone was recording the encounter than fearful someone may be dying beneath Thompson’s weight.

The video was presented to the Hernandez family’s attorney who is now demanding answers and accountability. It appears, for now, that they may see some.

“This clearly showed Terry Thompson choking and eventually killing John Hernandez,” said Kallinen.

 

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Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.
  • David Daisy May Boldock

    If anybody deserved to do some time, these two scum certainly do.

    • dentabill

      If anybody deserves appendicitis, you do.

      • David Daisy May Boldock

        My appendix will have shrivelled up long ago mate. Much like you’re mind.

      • crazytrain2

        Second time you made me laugh. The first time was when you called Gilbert “sparkles”

  • Damiana

    That “bystander” who kept blocking the camera and threatened the photographer with jail should ALSO be charged with evidence tampering and/or witness intimidation.

    • Brian Breese

      Try accessory to murder.

      • Damiana

        Nah, I’d rather a charge I’m SURE they can make stick.

      • dentabill

        OMG are you a lawyer? No? Then STFU you asshat, you have no idea WTF you’re talking about.

        • Tim Collings

          I am. They are correct, so you STFU.

          • Montely Wilson

            Nice come back on that petulant pos!

          • Rev. Walking Turtle

            My my my… A rock-solid Common Core education and subsequent media-driven social-conditioning regimen sure does bring out the best, brightest and all-around boldest of the Internal Enemy’s Troll Army, doesn’t it? 😉

            GOOD JOB putting that one back under their rock! An old Hardshell Culture Warrior heartily approves. And that ain’t all. 0{;-)o[

        • Charge the camera blocker with murder and let them reduce it to accessory. That’s how it works.

        • Nice Ride

          Same question to you, are you a lawyer. No, then take your own advice.

        • tonythefisher

          Step away from the Redbull spaz,….!

        • Saylor Howell

          Hahahaha that lawyer told you!

        • Tommy Corbett

          The got what they deserved. Hope the get life. Racists red necks

        • Derek Ramsay

          OMG where’d you go? You got schooled so you crawled back under your bridge with your tail between your legs? Yes? Then STFU and stay there, you asshat – you have no idea WTF you’re talking about.

    • crazytrain2

      Yeah, those two assholes pissed me off, but that is not tampering with evidence in any way. Taking the phone and destroying it would be tampering with evidence. No chance at accessory to murder- never for simply trying to interfere with someone recording. And no to intimidating a witness, either. That only applies if the person is charged, and then these two goons would begin threatening the witness and trying to prevent them from testifying.

      • Sandra Anchondo

        They helped – the biker dude and the racist brat. If you hop in a car with 2 other people that rob a store and kill a man, you get charged with murder also under TX law.

        • crazytrain2

          If they restrained him or assisted them, I would agree. If they only interfered with the filming, then no.

  • Don Unruh

    The only reason this cop and her husband were indicted is public pressure. The cops on scene should have arrested both of them but thanks to that magic badge her cronies (fellow gang members), gave them both a pass. Yep, bad cops and silent cops. No difference.

    • REALConservative

      They were indicted by a grand jury.

      I’m willing to be lenient and believe that they indicted them because it was the right thing to do. Unless you have evidence that the grand jury was afraid of what would happen if they refused to indict…which fear is unlikely.

      • WoodOnTheBall

        If it was handled the right way the guy would have been arrested at the scene. You don’t get to assault people for public urination just because your wife is a cop.

        • REALConservative

          Preaching to the choir.

      • It’s Texas so they indicted due to PUBLIC PRESSURE & A VIDEO. Otherwise they would have goten away with MURDER by claiming the victim was “aggressive” & that they “were in fear for their lives” & the usual BS.

        • REALConservative

          Getting mixed messages from your post…not to mention the unlikely claim that a grand jury is influenced by public pressure.

  • Jimi T Reille

    Totaly someone should record whats happening, the cops do it dont they ? who ever the dick biker is and the girl blocking the video should be charged with intimidating a witness to a crime, the guy pee’d in public, not nice however shouldn’t die for it. The cops involved- all of the ones who did nothing should also be charged. I dont get why public would stop the videoing of this crime unless they are friends of the accused, maybe ?

    • Damiana

      I think that’s EXACTLY it. They knew these assclowns and didn’t want them getting in trouble for assault.

    • Draco Morrison

      The guy pee’d in public, THEN attacked a man for telling him not to. If he didnt throw the first punch, then yeah, he was murdered. Since he was a drunken asshole attacking people, he got karma’d

      • Sammy Tumminaro

        MURDER PURE AND SIMPLE not a case of self defense AT ALL! Who approached Who? Intent is the determining factor.

        • Ray Boom Boom Mancini

          It will always be the determining factor when a homicide occurs. If you watch his face, he looks scared, not determined to kill. It could be viewed as his intent was simply to subdue. No one knows except him. That’s just an opinion, we’ll see.

      • Gil

        who said he was attacking people? Being drunk is not a crime, if it is then half the people in the US would be in jail or dead. You are a coward if you kill a drunk person, one thing is to put them in their place but no need to kill them. The people that did it are clearly racist, I would have no issues shooting you or them on the spot, I wouldn’t even blink.

        • crazytrain2

          You kee claiming race was a factor, but what, exactly, are you basing that on? And you have “no issues” shooting them, or anyone who disagrees with you “on the spot.” It sounds like you do have “issues.”

          • Gil

            Yep, I do have issues with people committing murder and then getting away with it, I can see that you don’t or did you think OJ was guilty of murder? He was acquitted by the way.

          • Pete Kovacich

            gil what does race have to do with it ?

          • m.r. m

            Umm everything snowflake. Open your eyes, you lost little boy.

        • dentabill

          says the cartoon strong-man. “I WOULD HAVE NO ISSUES SHOOTING YOU GRRRRR!!!!”

          you sound like a fucking toy dog yapping from the comfort of a gucci purse, Sparkles.

      • Jake Sontiano Guzman

        You obviously don’t know the law idiot. You can’t even kill someone who just beat add robbed you if he’s running away. I know you wish it worked that way but just cause you hit first which is heresay doesn’t mean you can kill. Pick up a book sometime.

        • Draco Morrison

          You can defend yourself when someone attacks you.

          it’s called self defense.

          it’s actually legal

        • Draco Morrison

          There are many actual instances of Cops murdering people. If you want to act self righteous about something, pick an actual crime to get angry at

      • Dannie KanDallas Foster

        whatever he did, even peeing in public, he did not approach the couple, the husband approached and accosted HIM, which he had no right to do, nor did the wife…they, if it were that offensive, CALLED THE POLICE who were actually ON DUTY and been witness’ in any criminal proceedings against the man for “INDECENT EXPOSURE” which is a CIVIL INFRACTION as in a TICKET, it does not carry Jail time, let alone corporal punishment or execution upon conviction, and for ur OVERTLY OBVIOUS RACIST ASS, had that been a WHITE MAN choked to death by a BROWN OR BLACK MAN u and ur KKK cronies would have been burning crosses on lawns and ur racist ass president would have been on Twitter calling for his head, same as he did the Central Park Five even after those fellas served YEARS in prison for a crime they did not commit….MISS US ALL with ur justification for the exercise of white privilege dude, its long since time that we ALL, white folk included https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/79f5963aa999191f75ea85e462f82a6b9d09b76d662bd8a7261bfcc618424cdf.jpg

        • Dannie KanDallas Foster
          • Dannie KanDallas Foster
          • WoodOnTheBall

            You’re being racist while trying to spread an anti-racist message. It’s absurd and offensive to suggest white people invented racism. Racism is an unfortunate by-product of human evolution, specifically the fear of those who are different. It’s also unfortunate that the ruling class capitalizes on our primal fears and uses racism as a tool to divide and conquer the common people. In order to get past racism, all races need to push past that instinct of fear and be conscious that all of our fellow man should be judged on an individual basis. The truth will set you free.

        • Ray Boom Boom Mancini

          Did I miss the video where they showed the entire incident from piss to death? Also a man whipping his unit out in public is a bit more than just a fine. If my daughter would have been there, I would have also had issue. In SC, you are placed on the sex offender registry for this crime.
          There are at minimum two elements to the crime of murder, the first being homicide and the second being malice. These elements have not been met, you have to have both.
          Next, what’s the difference between sworn on duty officers and off duty officers, NONE!
          Lastly, this is tragic to say the least, but unless all pertinent info has been presented to you (public) why would you be so irresponsible and perpetuate the bs hate between races and/or citizens and police.
          The only true crime here is stupidity by the Thompsons and all you tards.
          Condolences to the Hernandez family for there loss.

        • lordway

          Why did you have to bring Trump into this?….I thought you started well, being logical and making good points. Then your true racist colors burst into bloom. You need to knock that chip off your shoulder and leave race out of the discussion.

    • dentabill

      speculate some more without knowing all the facts and offer opinions like you were there and have a clue when you weren’t. Its so awesome when you do.

      • Tony Hill

        Who’s this Dentabill douche trolling everyone?

      • Tony Hill

        Go fly your eagle somewhere else lol

    • Marie Griggs

      No concern for the human being who is getting the life choked out of him I hope the biker and the girl who was blocking are exposed!

      • lynda moss

        I Think the biker and lady should be charged wth accssory to Murder, instead of telling the man, in which it seems like they knew, That Enough, is Enough, they covered up a murder!

  • Jonathan VonAwzome

    i hope they get the death penalty and sued hard for that guys family . That guy that got murdered prob had a nice family with kids or w.e . This is totally disgusting . That guy was contained with numerous ppl around to do no more harm . No reason to murder him .

    • dentabill

      Really? Where do you think this nice family was, while he was at Denny’s, drunk, on a Sunday night, ignoring his wife’s please to sit down and stop being an asshole?

      • bill

        so…I guess you’re perfect, and have never made a mistake. Be sensible…this man did not deserve to die for being drunk…

      • JS

        I guess you witnessed everything from your own front row seat….shut the fuck up. You are a bully, trying to intimidate people from stating their opinions.

      • Nice Ride

        There is no law against being an asshole. That’s the only reason you’re still on the loose.

  • Alex Knight

    Watch them both walk with some slap on the wrist plea deal. People by now should be absolutely DONE with this system we live under. ALL of it.

    • Marie Griggs

      Exactly!

  • Domina Elle

    Harris county is a corrupt cesspool on par with Oakland. The family won’t be able to sue the city for millions I don’t think. She was off duty.

    • dentabill

      Another idiot. color me surprised.

  • Copernie Smith

    This is what probably went through the biker guy’s mind after seeing arrests on the news: “We should have taken that phone from him.”
    Our pleas are falling on deaf ears.

    • dentabill

      You’re an idiot too.

  • Draco Morrison

    Sounds like Hernandez picked a fight and lost.

    • Gil

      He didn’t lose, he died, sounds like you are a racist, hope karma doesn’t come back at you the same way, I bet it will.

      • dentabill

        ding ding ding! another idiot, right here.

      • Draco Morrison

        Nah. Hernandez hit first. He was a drunken asshole and attacking people, and he lost to karma.
        How karma works: negativity you do to others will come back against you, and positive energy you do to others will come back for you. In this life or the next, it WILL happen

      • Draco Morrison

        There are way too many instances where cops actually murder people. If you want to act self righteous about something, pick an actual crime to get angry at. Get angry at the state and it’s sheeple for punishing a cop and her husband for defending himself. There are too many actual cop crimes being committed and ignored by the stupid masses. This one got attention because you were supposed to see it

  • Gil

    Clearly a murder, no need to keep chocking a drunk until he dies and the people blocking the camera clearly wanted his death. They are clearly racist hateful people, I’ve dealt with drunks before and after you put them in their place they calm down, no need to kill them. I hope that never happens to anyone in my family, cops, governor, whoever it is, I would walk up to them and shoot them in the head point blank. People like that don’t deserve to live.

    • dentabill

      you’re an idiot.

    • Sandra Anchondo

      Right? That’s how I feel. But, if anyone had kicked those POS wastes of skin off the man they would have been shot by cops when they showed up…..

  • crazytrain2

    There is little question that Hernandez was drunk, as evidenced by his actions inside the Denny’s and wobbling out the door with his wife trying to get him under control. He pissed in public, and Thompson took offense and made a comment. A fight ensued. Hernandez was incapacitated and died as a result of Thompson’s actions. Thompson’s wife, the deputy, rendered aid, but failed in saving Hernandez. Those are the facts, and really, indisputable.

    The most important facts are yet to be determined. Who threw the first punch and who was the primary aggressor will ultimately be very important in this case. If Hernandez was the primary aggressor, Thompson will walk. Thompson has every right to defend himself, however, once the threat is over, any additional use of force becomes a crime.

    The two dickheads that blocked the camera probably did more harm to Thompson than good. If he got off of Hernandez when they realized he wasn’t breathing, and then tried to render aid, if on video, would show that this was accidental. If he was talking to Hernandez, saying “stay down man, stop trying to fight me, etc” it would be easy to make the argument that Hernandez kept trying to fight and Thompson was restraining him waiting for cops to arrive. If Thompson was yelling and out of control, it would be an easy case for second degree murder, or easier, I should say.

    If Thompson’s wife, the deputy, was egging her husband on, or doing very little to stop the fight, she could be on the hook for accessory to the murder. If she was telling her husband to stop, and the fact that she rendered aid, she would be in the clear.

    Also, if Thompson was also drunk, that would aid in the prosecution. But, if he was stark sober, the drunk guy pissing in public looks like the one out of control. That is why determining who the primary aggressor is becomes so important. Drunks make poor decisions. Drunk Hernandez picking a fight with the much larger Thompson illustrates that. But being the larger man, and having Hernandez incapacitated, he needed to back off much sooner

    There is also little question that Thompson did not intend to kill Hernandez, and his wife rendering aid also illustrates that. Bad things can happen during a fight. Too much force, too much adrenaline, maybe alcohol-I have not heard if Thompson was also drunk, lead to tragedy.

    I am fairly certain that a jury would not convict Thompson, and especially the wife, who at most restrained and arm or leg, but then rendered aid. This is not your typical “murder” as people that intend to kill never render aid. Even a bad lawyer can make the case that Hernandez was at fault if he was the one that turned an argument over urinating in public into a physical altercation. I am calling this case at best as voluntary manslaughter, but don’t be surprised if Thompson is offered a plea deal for battery. I have seen it personally in three similar cases where drunken brawls turned deadly. The most egregious case involved two drunk guys following two college kids who were trying to walk away, then starting the fight. One kid was knocked out and hit his head, then was kicked with steel toed boots in the head. The other college kid tried to pick up hos friend and dropped him. The drop was enough to create reasonable doubt in the juries’ eyes, and the aggressors only caught a battery conviction, even though there was a cranial fracture in the shape of a boot toe!

    And if that happens, I am 100% certain that everyone here will claim it is solely because the wife is a deputy, and that will not necessarily be true, as I illustrated above. In drunken fights, especially where the victim is somewhat willing to fight, reasonable doubt is easy to demonstrate.

    • dentabill

      OMFG WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU to come along and be rational and shit? Thats the most logical fucking thing I ever read, and shame on you for inserting it into all this ridiculous peacocking, armchair fuckwit quarterbacking we have on display this evening.

      Can’t you see there’s trolls and imbeciles here, trying to sputter their opinions as if they matter?! Man, you got nerve.

    • Sandra Anchondo

      I read witnesses claim no aid was rendered by the cop – probably just stated that after the man died to get leniency.

      • crazytrain2

        I disagree. Rendering aid is not something you do to get leniency

  • dentabill

    There’s a lot of stupid people on this comment thread, and one smart person.

  • MMaguire

    Really like to know who the assholes were who tried to block the vid, even if the camera persons fingers blocked more than the leather goof and his floozy.

  • Marie Griggs

    Neither will spend a day in jail! Ask the parents of Trayvon Martin. This women has a badge are you kidding me. Grand Jury decision is just a pacifier.

    • palvadore

      Martin was a dumb ass that attacked a Mexican! The MEXICAN shot him! Racist!

  • Liz O’neill

    so what, both she and her husband will walk, americans literally let cops away with murder, she will get a paid vacation, he will be out on bail, probably paid for by the police union, they will wait a few months for the heat to die down, and then find they acted appropriately.

  • kidcomeback

    Those two blocking the video should be reprimanded also.

    • palvadore

      Charged with obstruction!

  • Patrick Springer

    If they actually wanted the charges to stick, they would have charged him with manslaughter.

  • troopersam

    Damn. They overcharged. They’ll walk. Pretty sure the DA is intentionally overcharging to end in acquittal or hung jury.

  • Abz B Zbas

    Wow. It seems a lot easier to indict a cop who is off duty than one who is wearing a badge.

  • Ibcamn

    put the cop and her fat sweaty bottom feeder husband in prison for life….fuck her and her POS hubby faggot…a drunk gets pushed into the bushes where he was peeing…not murdered in cold blood for pissing outside…but that is in fact police mentality…’kill em,kill em kill em’…cops are scum terrorists right along with their murdering husbands too…

  • Terry Mckinnon

    put them on jail for the rest of their damn lives

  • WoodOnTheBall

    Oh yeah, that dude is 100% liable. Just because you are too dumb to realize you are killing somebody that doesn’t mean you don’t go to prison. He started the altercation and finished it in highly excessive fashion. It’s manslaughter at minimum.

  • John Marrone

    Its nothing less than manslaughter. Prison for this killer

  • Jas

    My God, at first I thought the woman yelling stop, was shouting at the man who was doing the strangling to STOP! Then I realised she wasn’t and was actually shouting at the guy recording the video, while a man was was being murdered right in front of them!! WRETCHED people. I can’t imagine what the poor victim must’ve gone through, in his last few moments. Has to be one of the worst ways to go, being suffocated. It’s vile what they did. They should both be convicted and given Life sentences. Cold blooded murder. And the people blocking the filming should be done as Accessories To Murder.
    Once a person goes limp, YOU STOP AND LET GO! You have to carry on for quite a while after that, for the person to die. There was no reason to carry on strangling him after he went limp. Apart from the intention to kill him. Sickening.

  • “If you do not stop then you will go to jail” says the leather daddy in biker drag. He’s the one who should be in jail along with stupid “stop” girl. I wonder if they’re a couple?

  • Tafftaffy Taffy

    I think l these evil monsters should be arrested,even the one trying to block the camera, This three ton whale didn’t even have to get on top of the man and choke him in the first place. This son of a bitch just because they wear a badge and hold a little authority, think they have the right to kill who they please. He should have just taken his pudgy gutted ass in the restaurant and left the man alone, murdering psychopathic son of a bitch. I think anybody that finds it justifiable to murder people because of control and there authority, and hatred . Is just a much as a monster as those who finds it acceptable. Now days we are dealing with a bunch of dam racist wicked ass cops, who kill people for sport, because this demonic as ,wicked racist justice system, is just a evil and corrupt as the person who murdered, a person because they felt like it. Well a lot have gotten exonerated after killing innocent people, but you evil bastards fail to realize, you do have judgment to face,an you won’t escape that. Just because you think your’e the man or a hero, and you saved the day. While the stupid as wife condone this murder, and you evil parasites tried to block the video. I am glad you dirty evil bastards were exposed and I hope you get charged and confined to prison. And while you evil bastards are there, I hope those inmates tare you a new ass. This corrupt system needs to be investigated to, the judges , lawyers and prosecutors. for the decisions they make. Especially when they lie and cover up crimes that are committed, because you are a accessory to the crimes yourself by covering for these wicked bastards like you. I hope they both rot in hell and get there asses stomped or worse in prison, providing they don’t let them walk like they do most of them. All I can say is god has the number of all the wicked, who murder innocent people and it does not matter your color, He will judge you all accordingly . I think a lot of these evil bastards sign up to be cops, just to murder innocent men, women and children. Because they know the devils who are over them will justify there crimes and give them a pat on the back. This country is full of corruption and crooked politicians . And they set this system up to people against one another. And I think the end times is going to bring this country to it’s knees , because god is going to destroy all the wicked ,evil and racist. It’s hole how this world display much hatred. And now having a president who is just as bad, it’s pathetic to see this man be so evil and sorry as he is. While they have been so busy trying to turn races against each other. you fail to see the big picture these bastards want you dead too. They didn’t build all these concentration camps for nothing, nor these Fema caskets.They want 90% of the population gone Seems like me the only ones getting the real love are the wealthy. They set the country up to destroy those with no authority. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDgADxpTUck

  • Tafftaffy Taffy

    These wicked mother fuckers are trying to kill everyone . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjBvaBxog5Y

  • Anushka

    White America should be ashamed of the way they treat others. But remember, KARMAS IS A BITCH.

  • Anushka

    CORRECTION. KARMA.

  • DISGUSTING that the witnesses are3 more concerned about the RECORDING than the KILLING that’s going on. I am SO glad I no longer live in TexASS any more.