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Eyewitness Shows Another View Of Deadly Denny's Brawl (Video)

| by Sheena Vasani

An eyewitness says she has footage revealing another view of the Texas Denny's brawl involving a deputy's spouse that led to a young father's death on May 28 (video below).

The woman says she shot a short cell phone video showing the husband of a Harris County Sheriff's deputy holding down now-deceased 24-year-old Johnny Hernandez, KTRK reports.

"He has this dude in a choke-hold and he cannot breathe," the eyewitness said.

Hernandez's wife said her husband was drunk on May 28 after celebrating a sports team victory, reports CBS.

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When he walked into the Denny's parking lot, he urinated near their vehicle, angering the sheriff deputy's husband before a fight -- captured on camera -- broke out in front of Hernandez's wife and 3-year-old daughter.

"She was crying and telling (the man beating Hernandez) stop and he didn't even stop," Hernandez's wife said. "I told him please stop. Don't do that to him. He's drunk. He wasn't in any position to fight. But, he didn't have any compassion. He was really angry."

His wife says she had arrived separately from her husband and had attempted CPR on Hernandez.  When police came, they initially deemed her husband the victim and took away Hernandez's wife's cell phone.

"They feel that they can get it covered up because they are cops," Hernandez's wife, who says the deputy is lying, said.

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No arrests have since been made. "We're going to continue to investigate the incident, but I will also be reaching out to the Texas Rangers and the Department of Justice to make sure that we have full transparency and to make sure there is another set of independent eyes that will look at our investigation," said Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, reports KHOU.

However, since Hernandez's death on May 31, other eyewitnesses have come forward in support of Hernandez's wife's story.

"Even after I told him 'stop, stop' and other people were screaming he wouldn't do it," an eyewitness added. "Even after his wife came he didn't do it. His wife didn't do anything, because I went in to call the police she was already there on the side and I didn't see her do anything, I didn't hear [her] tell him stop. I didn't hear her tell him anything.  She just was watching."

The incident has sparked national outrage. Many held a vigil at the Denny's restaurant on June 4 for Hernandez.

"It's not fair just because he's Mexican nobody helped him," Gilberto Garcia said. "It is because the other guy was married with the (deputy)."

"I think if it were the other way around, the guy would be arrested right there," Garcia added.

Sources: KTRK, CBS, KHOU / Photo credit: Mke Mozart/Flickr

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