Judge declares mistrial in trial of ex-deputy's husband

Judge declares mistrial in trial of ex-deputy's husband Photo: AP

June 23, 2018 09:51 PM

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas judge has declared a mistrial in the trial of a former deputy's husband charged in the death of a man he and his wife confronted outside a restaurant.

The Houston Chronicle reports District Judge Kelli Johnson declared the mistrial in Terry Thompson's case Saturday after jurors deliberated more than 26 hours over three days.

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Thompson and his wife, Chauna, were charged in the May 2017 death of 24-year-old John Hernandez. Chauna Thompson was a Harris County sheriff's deputy at the time but was later fired. Her trial is scheduled for October.

Prosecutors this week told jurors Terry Thompson held Hernandez in a chokehold for up to 15 minutes. But Thompson's attorney said his client was acting in self-defense and only trying to subdue a man who had attacked him.

Prosecutors have not yet announced whether they will re-try Thompson.

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