Deputy’s husband accused of murder has criminal history, anger problems, court records show

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The husband of a deputy sheriff charged with murder in the choking death of a man at a Denny’s restaurant has a history of anger management problems and prior arrests for burglary and drug possession, according to court records.

Terry Thompson, 41 – who is charged with his wife, Deputy  Chauna Thompson, 45 – had “previously been under the care of a psychiatrist and demonstrated problems controlling his anger and temper,” according to court papers file in a contentious custody battle between the couple in 2000, before they were married.

The pair was indicted last week on charged of murder, accused of intentionally killing 24-year-old John Hernandez while pinning him down in a choke hold.

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The couple had a son before they were married and Chauna Thompson expressed concerns about Terry Thompson having unsupervised visits with the child, records show. She asked for him to be evaluated by a psychiatrist to determine whether he was suitable to have access to the child.

She also said he “routinely used illegal drugs and used alcohol to excess,” according to court records.

The suit was dropped when the couple reconciled and married on Jan 2, 2001.

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Other Harris County court records from almost 20 years ago appear to show that Terry Thompson spent five years on probation for burglarizing a car, a felony.

Incomplete records online from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice appear to show that he was arrested for possession of a less than two ounces of marijuana in 2007.

Asked about Terry Thompson’s past on Tuesday, attorney, Greg Cagle declined to comment, and said he was concentrating on the allegations in the Hernandez case.

If convicted of murder, both Thompsons could face life in prison. They are also being sued for wrongful death by the Hernandez family.

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