Shiner, TX – There’s a bit more information regarding the man who beat another man to death after catching him sexually molesting his daughter. It helps paint a better picture of what transpired that day. Still no names, though.
A 23-year-old father was barbecuing with his family on a rural, trademark ranch when his 5-year-old daughter ran behind a nearby barn to feed some chickens.
Some time later the girl’s father heard her screaming and ran to investigate. There, behind the barn, he found a 47-year-old acquaintance of the family in the the act of sexually assaulting his daughter.
The father pulled the man off and repeatedly punched him in the head before calling 911 to inform police of what happened. By time they arrived, the unidentified man was already dead. A preliminary autopsy report shows the man had died from blunt-force head and neck injuries.
The man was known in the area for his horse grooming capabilities and had arrived at the ranch with a few other people. While the father’s family reportedly knew the man, it has not been reported if he was known to the girl or her father. Well, at least not before the introduction behind the barn.
Lavaca County Sheriff Micah Harmon said earlier this week that no charges have been filed against the father.
“You have a right to defend your daughter. He acted in defense of his third person. Once the investigation is completed we will submit it to the district attorney, who then submits it to the grand jury, who will decide if they will indict him.”
Others in the community agree that the father, who expressed remorse over the man’s death, was justified in his actions. They describe the father as a “good, honest, hard-working kid” who has never been in trouble.
“Any father would have done that,” Michael James Veit, who lives across the road from the ranch where the killing took place. “Everybody is saying the father is justified.”
Shortly after the news broke other residents gathered at a popular convenience store that sells beer, bait and ammo. They echoed the same sentiments, saying they would have done the same or worse.
“A lot of people have said that he got what he had coming to him. That’s been the consensus. They’ve been supportive of doing what needed to be done to take care of the problem,” said Howard Gloor, owner of the convenience store.
The fact that the man died from blunt force trauma to the neck confirms for me, at least right now, that this was not an unnecessarily long beating that a lawyer could argue went past the realm of self-defense. All it takes is one shot.
Hell, we just had a story last year where people at a party were paying $5 to be punched by a girl. After one guy paid for his punch and received his winnings, he collapsed and died moments later because the punch had opened up a vein in his neck.Tags: Beating, Crime, Molestation, Texas