HOUSTON (AP) — A jury is deliberating the fate of the husband of a former sheriff’s deputy accused in the death of a man whom he placed in a chokehold during a confrontation outside a Houston-area restaurant.
Jurors took the case Friday after closing arguments in the retrial of Terry Thompson.
Prosecutors argued Thompson was motivated by anger when he attacked 24-year-old John Hernandez whom he saw urinating outside a Denny’s restaurant in Sheldon in May 2017.
Thompson’s attorney told jurors his client acted in self-defense.
Thompson faces up to life in prison if convicted of murder. He could also be convicted of the lesser charges of manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide.
His first trial in June ended with a hung jury .
Thompson’s wife is set for trial in April.