Terry and Chauna Thompson were arraigned Tuesday for the murder of John Hernandez.
The 178th District Court at the Harris County Criminal Justice Center, near downtown Houston, was totally packed as Judge Kelli Johnson read the charges to the Thompsons.
The judge set the conditions of the bail bonds, which include taking drug tests and forbids access to firearms.
After the hearing, David Mitcham, who leads the Trial Bureau for the Harris County District Attorney's Office, assured the media gathered outside of the court room that "the Harris County District Attorney’s Office is dedicated to seeking justices in the death of John Hernandez."
On his part, Scot Courtney, Terry Thompson's defense lawyer, said the couple feels threatened because of the multiple protests about this case and added that Hernandez was the initial aggressor, so he is not ruling out using a self-defense strategy.
"I haven’t seen all the evidence but yes," noted Courtney, while he added that "whenever somebody has force used against him, they are then authorized to use force in defense of themselves or others."
Greg Cagle, who is defending Chauna Thompson contended that her job as a deputy for the Harris County Sheriff's Office, although she is currently on an unpaid administrative leave, is a disadvantage for her.
"My client probably would not be indicted but for her job title. I don’t think anybody else would be indicted for murder for touching someone on the arm," Cagle said.
The Thompsons next court hearing is scheduled for July 14th.
Separate from the criminal trial, John Hernandez's family has filed a civil lawsuit against the couple.