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.