Terry Thompson

Terry Thompson, 42, is accused of intentionally killing 24-year-old John Hernandez while pinning him down in a choke hold after a midnight confrontation in the parking lot of a Denny’s in east Harris County on May 28, 2017. Hernandez died days later after being removed from life support. Thompson is married to former deputy Chauna Thompson, 46, who was with him during the struggle and has also been charged with murder. If convicted, Thompson faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. The case garnered national coverage because it was Hernandez who was initially charged with wrongdoing, then county officials reversed course after a minute-long bystander video of the confrontation surfaced.