HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A Harris County deputy and her husband are in custody after a grand jury indicted them for murder.
Deputy Chauna Thompson and her husband, Terry, face murder charges for the death of John Hernandez after a 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.”
The couple could face five years to life if convicted.
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Hernandez, 24, was in a coma after an altercation with Terry Thompson on May 28 outside of a Denny’s in Sheldon.
During a press conference Thursday night, Hernandez’s family responded to the latest developments.
“We do not ask for the death penalty for the Thompson family,” said Wendy Maldonado, Hernandez’s aunt. “This family has a heart and we are filled with love and we are human, too. We’d rather them get life sentences.”
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Bond is set at $100,000 for both Terry and Chauna Thompson.
Scot Courtney, Terry Thompson’s attorney, told ABC13 that the charges were disappointing.
“I’m extremely disappointed in the indictment but more importantly, in the actual charge. I haven’t seen any evidence that shows Mr. Thompson intended to cause death,” Courtney said.