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Guilty Verdict For Terry Thompson, First Anniversary Of Sutherland Springs Shooting, And Prisoner Van Catches Fire In Houston

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Monday, November 5, 2018

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Terry Thompson.
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Terry Thompson.

Guilty Verdict For Terry Thompson

A Harris County jury convicted Terry Thompson Monday for the strangulation death of John Hernandez outside a Houston-area restaurant.

Jurors found Terry Thompson guilty of murder. This is Thompson's second trial because the first one, which took place in June, ended with a hung jury.

Prosecutors argued Thompson wanted to kill 24-year-old Hernandez and kept him in a chokehold after he stopped resisting.

Thompson's attorneys countered that he was only defending himself after being punched. They insisted Thompson kept Hernandez subdued only until he stopped resisting.

Memorials and messages continue to hang on a fence at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Monday will mark one year since a gunman opened fire on worshippers attending Sunday service at the church, killing more than two dozen people and wounding others.
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Memorials and messages continue to hang on a fence at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.

First Anniversary Of Sutherland Springs Shooting

Monday November 5, 2018, marks the first anniversary of the mass shooting at Sutherland Springs' First Baptist Church, which left 25 people dead. Authorities put the official death toll at 26 because one of the victims was pregnant. More than half those killed were children.

About 400 people attended a service and remembrance event on Sunday, November 4. The sanctuary where the shooting occurred still stands as a memorial.

The sanctuary was full and people in a overflow tent watched and prayed along as Sunday's sermon was delivered. Governor Greg Abbott attended the service.

A new church is being built on the grounds and is expected to be open by April.

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Prisoner Van Catches Fire In Houston

Two Sheriff's deputies and six inmates had to evacuate a prisoner van that caught fire near the Harris County jail, located in downtown Houston, after a traffic accident.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) sent a tweet that shows the van on fire after it was hit, according to witnesses, by a pickup vehicle that ran a red light at the intersection of Jackson and Commerce before noon.

The HCSO the deputies and the inmates were taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.