Attorney: Man used 'illegal chokehold' in deadly fight
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 11, 2017,
Jun 11, 2017, 15:51
"We believe this grand jury's true bill is a reflection of our community's belief that a crime occurred and that that crime was murder and it was participated in by Terry Thompson and his wife, Deputy Chauna Thompson", Ogg said.
Investigators said Terry Thompson drove up to a Denny's restaurant in the 17700 block of the Crosby Freeway on May 28 at around 11:40 p.m. The Thompsons, who declined to testify before the grand jury, both turned themselves in about 10pm Thursday, authorities say. "We begged him to get off the man and he wouldn't".
She added that Thompson "was just going to hold him down, whatever". The attorney said witnesses have told him that Thompson is trained in the combative style. When I see the man turning purple, there was no letup. Thompson yelled at the man to stop, and a physical confrontation ensued.
And only because a witness happened to capture the chilling killing on video - despite several people trying to block the videographer from recording the incident, claiming it was "illegal".
"This is exactly what we wanted", said Jose Morales, a close friend of the Hernandez family.
Chauna Thompson, who was off duty at the time, arrived separately and called for assistance when Hernandez lost unconsciousness. She is on administrative leave. The footage shows a man who appears to be Terry Thompson lying on top of Hernandez.
Kallinen said Hernandez's wife was put in a police squad auto for almost four hours and had her cell phone taken away by deputies at the scene.
"We support the grand jury's decision", Gonzalez told reporters.
Randall Kallinen, an attorney for the Hernandez family, told a crowd of supporters Thursday night they need to remain vigilant. He also said an internal affairs investigation has also been launched to review Chauna Thompson's actions on the night of the confrontation with Hernandez, as well as the actions of the more than eight deputies who responded to the scene. When the deputy saw he had stopped breathing, she started performing CPR on him until the paramedics arrived, the witness said.
"It's a very sad video because you're watching a man basically being killed", Attorney Jack Carroll said.
"She was crying and telling (the man beating Hernandez) stop and he didn't even stop", Hernandez's wife said.
Prosecutors said Wednesday that the Harris County district attorney's office plans to present the case to the jury this week.
Attorney Scot Courtney, who is representing Terry Thompson, said there wasn't enough evidence to warrant a murder indictment against his client, and that Terry Thompson did not intend to cause Hernandez's death.
They surrendered to authorities late Thursday after a grand jury indicted them earlier that day.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office said Friday that Chauna and Terry Thompson have posted bail and that they have a court hearing scheduled for Tuesday.
The Texas Rangers are providing oversight on the sheriff's office's investigation to ensure it is handled properly and thoroughly.