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Judge Denies Request For Change Of Venue In Trial For The Murder Of John Hernandez

Judge Kelli Johnson doesn’t consider there is prejudice that could negatively affect the upcoming trials of Terry and Chauna Thompson

Terry and Chauna Thompson mugshots

Judge Kelli Johnson denied Friday, April 13, a change of venue requested by former Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Chauna Thompson and her husband Terry Thompson regarding their upcoming trials for the murder of John Hernandez at a local Denny’s restaurant last year. 

Judge Johnson leads the 178th Criminal Court and, according to a clerk from her court, she said she doesn’t think there is prejudice that could negatively affect the trials.

The Thompsons had argued that, because of the publicity surrounding the case, they couldn’t get a fair trial in Harris County.

Several Houston-based civic and community organizations protested in the weeks after Hernandez’s killing, which occurred in May 2017 at a Denny’s restaurant located in Crosby, about 25 miles northeast of Houston.

Terry Thompson killed Hernandez during a physical confrontation in which he placed him on a choke hold as his wife was by his side.

Thompson reportedly confronted Hernandez because he was urinating outside of the restaurant.

Terry Thompson’s trial is scheduled to start on May 18th and Chauna Thompson’s trial is scheduled to start on June 1st.

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