HOUSTON – A prosecutor tells jurors that a former sheriff’s deputy of the man was the aggressor in a deadly confrontation in which the couple outside a Houston-area restaurant.
But a lawyer says Terry Thompson acted in self-defense when he was a non-strangulating hold to topics of a man who had attacked him.
Both sides have made their opening statements Wednesday in Thompson’s murder trial.
His wife, Chauna Thompson, is set for trial in October on a murder charge. She was a Harris County deputy at the time and was later fired.
The couple is accused of keeping John Hernandez in a chokehold for up to 15 minutes during a confrontation in May of 2017. Hernandez later died.
Lawyer Scot Courtney says Hernandez threw the first blow, and that Terry Thompson had to defend himself.