Shiner, TX – This isn’t too surprising, but a grand jury in Texas ruled that the father who caught a man molesting his young daughter was within his rights to beat that man to death.
On Tuesday, a Lavaca County grand jury decided not to indict the 23-year-old father who beat 47-year-old Jesus Mora Flores to death after he caught Flores in the act of raping his 5-year-old daughter. Prosecutors said the grand jury agreed with police, in that the father was within his rights to protect his daughter with deadly force, after they reviewed evidence that included the father’s 911 call.
The father and her daughter were on their family’s rural farm having a barbecue when someone witnessed Flores, a casual acquaintance of the father’s family, forcibly carrying the father’s daughter to a secluded area near a barn. After being informed, the father ran towards his daughter’s screams and found Flores in the process of sexually assaulting her. The father pulled Flores away and delivered a series of blows to Flores’s head that proved fatal.
In the 911 call the father made after the beating, you can hear a man who was absolutely frantic and trying everything he could do to save Flores. At one point he grew so distraught over the dispatcher’s inability to find the family’s farm that, at times, his yelling became inaudible.
“Come on! This guy is going to die on me!” the father yells at the 911 dispatcher. “I don’t know what to do!”
The father told the dispatcher that he couldn’t wait any longer and he was going to take the man to the hospital himself, but sheriff’s deputies arrived before he could load Flores into his truck.
By time emergency crews arrived at the farm, they found Flores’ already dead with his pants and underwear pulled down. The father’s daughter was taken to the hospital where forensic evidence, along with witness accounts, corroborated the father’s story that his daughter was being sexually molested.
The father and his family are not talking to reporters, a fact that their attorney says will not change. Friends and neighbors of the father describe him as a polite and hardworking man who has never been in any kind of trouble. This, along with the details surrounding how Flores died, had the small community (and me) rallying behind him and his actions.
“They won’t find a jury pool here that will convict him,” one neighbor said before the grand jury’s decision was made.
I know that the girl and her father will deal with this for the rest of their lives, so I’m glad that community has some common sense. At least now the family can focus on working through this without first having to deal with some kind of legal proceeding.Tags: Beating, Crime, Jesus Flores, Molestation, Shiner, Texas