Texas authorities said a father who beat to death a man who tried molesting his 5-year-old daughter would not be charged.
The Lavaca County grand jury has decided not to indict the 23-year-old in the death of Jesus Mora Flores, reports Yahoo.
The attack happened on June 9 on the family’s ranch between the farming towns of Shiner and Yoakum.
Authorities said in a statement that a witness had seen Flores carry the child to a secluded area before the same witness then went to find the child’s father.
After hearing the girl scream, the father found her and pulled Flores off of his child, the Lavaca County Sheriff’s Office said in the statement.
The the father started pummeling him to death with his fists.
However, when his daughter was finally safe, the father frantically called 911, begging a dispatcher to find his rural ranch and send an ambulance, accordinf to The Huff Post.
“Come on! This guy is going to die on me!,” he is heard shouting at the dramatic tape of the 911 released by the authorities. “I don’t know what to do! “He’s going to die. He’s going to f—— die!”
He even tells the dispatcher he’s going to put the man in his truck and drive him to a hospital as a dispatcher couldn’t locate the property.
Lavaca County Sheriff Micah Harmon said: “He was very remorseful. I don’t think it was his intent for the man to die.”
Fox News writes that forensic evidence and witness accounts corroborated the father’s story that his daughter was being sexually molested.
“He’s a peaceable soul,” V’Anne Huser, the father’s attorney, told reporters at the Lavaca County Courthouse. “He had no intention to kill anybody that day.”
The father wasn’t arrested, but the killing was investigated as a homicide.
Philip Hilder, a Houston criminal defense attorney, said he would have been surprised if the grand jury had decided to indict the father.
“The grand jury was not about to indict this father for protecting his daughter,” he said, adding that Texas law provides several justifications for the use of deadly force, including if someone commits a sexual assault.
“He was just protecting his daughter and doing what he thought he had to do to protect his daughter,” Harmon said.
Lavaca County District Attorney Heather McMinnsaid: “The substantial amount of evidence showed that the witness statements and the father’s statement and what the father had observed was in fact what had happened that day.”
When emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene, Flores’ pants and underwear were down, and his genitals were exposed.
Authorities said Flores was hired by the family to help with horses on the ranch. He was not born in the U.S. but was here legally with a green card.
Authorities are currently trying to locate his family.
Shiner is a town of about 2,000 people about 80 miles east of San Antonio.
The local community has been shocked by the incident as the case is only the sixth homicide investigated in eight years.
Gail Allen, customer at the local restaurant, said she didn’t want to speak for the whole town, though her comments echoed what others said.
“The father has gone through enough,” said Allen, 59, who has nine grandchildren. “The little girl is going to be traumatized for life, and the father, too, for what happened. He was protecting his family. Any parent would do that.”