Man accused of killing Grapevine vet has lengthy criminal history

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The man accused of gunning down a Grapevine veterinarian on a Saginaw street late Saturday is a father whose past includes crimes ranging from unlawfully carrying a weapon to drug possession cases that landed him in prison last year.

Jeffery Hansana, 24, remained in the Saginaw City Jail on Tuesday facing a charge of murder. Police say he fatally shot Dr. Deidra Blackmon shortly after one of her friends threw up near his car.

Hansana's girlfriend, Heather Rene Thompson, 22 and a mother of two, was with him Saturday night and faces a charge of failing to report the shooting.

"I wouldn't expect something like this from her," said Larry Thompson of Euless, Heather Thompson's grandfather. "We're all in shock."

A memorial service for Blackmon is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Church of Christ, 4201 Heritage Trace Parkway in Fort Worth.

Blackmon grew up in Northeast Tarrant County, graduating from Haltom High and earning her doctor of veterinary medicine from Texas A&M University in 2010.

She worked at Parkside Animal Hospital in Keller for about a year, and for the past two years was on staff at the Animal Emergency Hospital of North Texas in Grapevine. She lived in Dish with three cats, three dogs and a horse.

Larry Thompson said he had met Hansana a few times and that "he seemed OK."

"I never had any problems with him," Thompson said.

Saginaw police, however, say Hansana and Thompson reacted violently after a chance encounter at a convenience store.

Blackmon, 33, and two friends visited the Fort Worth Stockyards on Saturday to celebrate an upcoming wedding. Around midnight, Blackmon, the designated driver, stopped at the Valero Corner Store in the 1100 block of Saginaw Boulevard, north of the Stockyards.

She parked and entered the store, as did Thompson and Hansana, police said.

The two women did not speak. Soon after they both left the store, one of Blackmon's friends vomited near Hansana's car -- sparking an argument among the women.

Hansana apparently never said a word, Saginaw police said.

Both cars left the store. Less than a mile away, in the 200 block of East Bailey Boswell Road, Hansana opened fire on Blackmon's Lexus, police said. The veterinarian was hit once in the head and died a short time later at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Authorities arrested Hansana and Thompson early Monday in Haltom City after police released a photo of a woman who was in the store minutes before Blackmon was shot to death. A tipster identified that woman as Thompson.

Facebook postings and state and Tarrant County criminal court records paint a troubled past for Hansana and Thompson.

Thompson attended Trinity High School in Euless, her grandfather said Tuesday.

She faced three drug charges in Tarrant County, according to Tarrant County criminal court records: two involving possession of methamphetamine and the third involving delivery of methamphetamine.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice records indicate that she was sentenced to 10 months in prison for those charges on March 2, 2012, and was released Dec. 18.

Hansana has a young daughter and attended Haltom High School, from which Blackmon had graduated a decade earlier.

Haltom City and Fort Worth police have arrested Hansana four times since 2006. The charges include unlawfully carrying a weapon, burglary of a vehicle and theft of a vehicle, for which he was sentenced to 196 days in jail, according to county records.

His fourth arrest, in Haltom City in 2011 for possession of methamphetamine, led to prison time.

Prison records indicate Hansana was sentenced to seven months in prison on March 14, 2012, for possession of less than a gram of methamphetamine. He completed his sentence July 13.

Saginaw police said they had no evidence that Hansana or Thompson were intoxicated or on drugs at the time of the shooting.

Hansana's bail was set at $250,000. Thompson was jailed with bail set at $10,000.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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