Euless woman skips hearing in slaying of Grapevine veterinarian

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An arrest warrant has been issued for a Euless woman after she failed to appear at a court hearing in her case involving the slaying of a Grapevine veterinarian in Saginaw.

Heather Thompson, 22, was scheduled for an announcement hearing last month but did not show up, her attorney said Tuesday.

“I don’t know if she wasn’t aware of the date or what was the problem,” her attorney, Okey Akpom of Arlington, said Tuesday.

Akpom said he has left messages with four or five relatives but hasn’t heard from Thompson.

Thompson is charged with failing to report a felony in the slaying of Grapevine veterinarian Deidra Blackmon on March 3 in Saginaw. Thompson was released from jail after posting $10,000 bail shortly after her arrest in March.

Blackmon, 33, was shot March 3 after she repeatedly apologized and tried to defuse a tense situation in a convenience store parking lot when her friend became ill near a stranger’s car after a night of drinking in the Fort Worth Stockyards.

Blackmon tried to explain that her friend had been at a bachelorette party, but the female passenger in the other car was upset that she couldn’t enter her boyfriend’s vehicle, the affidavits state. The female passenger was later identified as Thompson, authorities said.

Minutes later, Blackmon was fatally shot as she was driving along East Bailey Boswell Road in Saginaw.

Jeffery Hansana, 25, Thompson’s boyfriend, admitted to investigators that he opened fire on Blackmon’s car with a .45-caliber handgun, the arrest and search warrant affidavits state. He is charged with murder and remains in the Tarrant County Jail with bail set at $250,000.

The affidavits obtained by the Star-Telegram gave this account:

Two of Blackmon’s friends, both female, told police that they had been celebrating March 3 and were headed home in the veterinarian’s car when they stopped at the Valero Corner Store, 1101 N. Saginaw Blvd., to buy a lighter.

Blackmon entered the store, leaving her friends in her Lexus. Hansana was in the driver’s seat of an Acura parked nearby.

Thompson was in the store. As Blackmon left the store, she saw that one of her friends had stepped out of her car because she had become ill. Blackmon was trying to get her back in the car when Thompson came out and became upset because she couldn’t enter the other car.

Despite Blackmon’s apologies, she exchanged words with Thompson and Hansana, one of Blackmon’s friends said.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763 Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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