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Retrial begins of Texas man accused in chokehold killing

FILE - In this June 13, 2018, file photo, Terry Thompson, accused of fatally choking John Hernandez, left, is shown in court in Houston. Thompson is standing trial again on a murder charge in the strangling of Hernandez, a man he and his wife confronted outside a Houston-area restaurant in 2017. Thompson's first trial in June ended in a mistrial. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP, Pool, File)

HOUSTON (AP) — The husband of a former sheriff’s deputy is standing trial again on a murder charge in the strangling of a man he and his wife confronted outside a Houston-area restaurant.

Terry Thompson is charged in the killing of 24-year-old John Hernandez, who died when Thompson put him in a chokehold after finding him urinating outside a Denny’s restaurant in Crosby in 2017. Thompson’s first trial in June ended in a mistrial. His retrial began Tuesday.

Prosecutors say Thompson was the aggressor in the confrontation, but his attorneys say he acted in self-defense.

Thompson’s wife, Chauna, was fired from the Harris County sheriff’s department after Hernandez’s death. She is also charged with murder and is scheduled for trial in April 2019.

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