The Latest: Ex-deputy’s husband convicted in deadly fight

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the case of the husband of a former sheriff’s deputy charged in a deadly confrontation (all times local):

2 p.m.

A jury has convicted the husband of a former sheriff’s deputy for the strangulation death of a man the couple had confronted outside a Houston-area restaurant.

Jurors on Monday found Terry Thompson guilty of murder.

Prosecutors argued Thompson wanted to kill 24-year-old John Hernandez and kept him in a chokehold after he stopped resisting.

Thompson’s attorneys countered that he was only defending himself after being punched. They insisted Thompson kept Hernandez subdued only until he stopped resisting.

The incident began after Thompson confronted Hernandez about urinating in the parking lot of a Denny’s restaurant in Sheldon in May 2017.

The trial will move to its punishment phase before jurors deliberate a sentence.

Thompson faces up to life in prison.

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10:45 a.m.

A jury has resumed deciding 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 continued deliberations Monday in the retrial of Terry Thompson.

The jury deliberated for about seven hours Friday after getting the case following closing arguments.

Prosecutors argued Thompson was motivated by anger when he attacked 24-year-old John Hernandez after seeing Hernandez 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.

Associated Press

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