Affidavits: Veterinarian apologized for friend's mishap before her fatal shooting in Saginaw

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Minutes before she was shot to death last month on a Saginaw road, a Grapevine veterinarian repeatedly apologized to a woman in a parking lot after the doctor's friend vomited and blocked the female from entering her boyfriend's car.

Deidra Blackmon, 33, explained that her friend had drunk too much after celebrating at a bachelorette party at the Stockyards in Fort Worth, but the woman became upset and exchanged words with Blackmon, according to search and arrest warrant affidavits obtained Tuesday by the Star-Telegram.

Minutes later, after the two groups drove away from the parking lot, Blackmon was fatally wounded as she drove along East Bailey Boswell Road in Saginaw.

Jeffery Hansana, 24, the boyfriend of the offended woman, admitted to investigators that he opened fire on Blackmon's car with a .45-caliber handgun as he drove on the same road, according to the affidavits. He is charged with murder.

The woman, Heather Thompson, 22, of Euless, also was arrested and charged with failing to report a felony.

Jay Caballero of Fort Worth, Hansana's attorney, could not be reached Tuesday.

Okey Akpom of Arlington, Thompson's attorney, said Tuesday that his client didn't plan on what happened.

"She's not an accessory in this case," Akpom said Tuesday. "She didn't flee the city or do anything like that."

If convicted, Thompson faces a maximum of a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

The affidavits gave this account of the shooting:

Two women in Blackmon's car told police that they had been celebrating on March 3 and were headed home when they stopped at the Valero Corner Store, 1101 North Saginaw Boulevard, in Saginaw to purchase a lighter.

Blackmon entered the store, leaving her two female friends in her Lexus in the parking lot. A red Acura was parked nearby and Hansana was in the driver's seat. Thompson was in the store.

The Grapevine veterinarian exited the business only to find that one of her friends had stepped out of the Lexus and become ill.

The friend had left the passenger door open and Blackmon was attempting to get her back inside.

Thompson walked out of the store and became upset because she couldn't enter the Acura from the passenger's side. Blackmon apologized repeatedly, saying her friend had had too much to drink at her bachelorette party.

One of the women told authorities that Blackmon exchanged words with Thompson and Hansana, but she could not clearly hear what was said.

Once the friend got back in the Lexus, Thompson entered the Acura and Hansana backed the car up. The woman said Hansana and Thompson acted as if they were going to get out of the car and fight, but they didn't.

The Acura drove off and seconds later Blackmon's Lexus also left the parking lot. Both vehicles traveled onto North Saginaw Boulevard. At East Bailey Boswell Road, witnesses said the Acura was at the traffic light in front of the Lexus.

The two cars went through the intersection, but the Acura was traveling at a slow speed, prompting Blackmon to pass.

As Blackmon passed the Acura, one of the women told investigators that she turned toward the Acura, saw a flash of light and heard a bang, realizing then that they were being fired upon.

The witness said she initially believed Blackmon had veered off the road to get away from the Acura, but later realized that the veterinarian had been shot. The Lexus went off the road, hit a fence and stopped in a pasture.

The Acura drove away.

Blackmon, who had graduated from Texas A&M University in 2010 and worked at the Animal Emergency Hospital of North Texas in Grapevine, later died at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

Through the investigation, Saginaw police were able to identify Thompson from a photograph taken from a store surveillance camera in the Valero store. Police received tips from 11 residents who recognized Thompson in the photo.

Thompson and Hansana were arrested on March 4 in Haltom City.

Hansana remained in the Tarrant County Jail on Tuesday with bail set at $250,000.

Thompson, a mother of two, also remained in jail on $10,000 bail

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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