Prosecutor: Ex-deputy's husband aggressor in confrontation

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Prosecutor: Ex-deputy's husband aggressor in confrontation
Terry Thompson, accused of fatally choking John Hernandez, left, is shown in court Wednesday, June 13, 2018 in Houston. Terry and his wife Chauna Thompson, a former Harris County Sheriff's deputy, are charged with murder in the chokehold death of John Hernandez at a local Denny's. ( Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP, Pool)

HOUSTON (AP) — A prosecutor is telling jurors that a former sheriff’s deputy’s husband was the aggressor in a fatal confrontation involving the couple outside a Houston-area restaurant.

But a defense attorney says Terry Thompson was acting in self-defense when he used a non-strangulating hold to subdue a man who had attacked him.

Both sides gave 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 holding John Hernandez in a chokehold for up to 15 minutes during a confrontation in May 2017. Hernandez later died.

Defense attorney Scot Courtney says Hernandez threw the first punch, and that Terry Thompson was defending himself.