As grieving family members prepared to bury 24-year-old John Hernandez in Texas, a Harris County sheriff’s deputy and her husband were indicted on murder charges, accused of intentionally choking the man outside a Denny’s restaurant, the Houston Chronicle reports. Deputy Chauna Thompson, 45, and her husband, Terry, 41, turned themselves in last night. The couple posted $100,000 bail today and were released. They could face up to life in prison if convicted.
The grand jury’s decision to indict a law enforcement officer on a first-degree felony — a rarity in Harris County — came a day after more than 150 protesters marched across downtown Houston proclaiming “Justice for John Hernandez” and “Brown Lives Matter.” “This is exactly what we wanted,” said Jose Morales, a close friend of the family. “Thanks to all the attention, justice is going to be served.” Hernandez died of strangulation and chest compression on May 31, three days after he got into an altercation with Terry Thompson outside the restaurant. A 50-second cellphone video shows Thompson on top of a kicking and grunting Hernandez.