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Hearing his 5-year-old daughter crying from behind a barn, a father ran and discovered the unthinkable: A man molesting her. The father pulled the man off his daughter, authorities say, and started pummeling him to death with his fists.

 

With his daughter finally safe, the father frantically called 911, begging a dispatcher to find his rural ranch and send an ambulance.

 

"Come on! This guy is going to die on me!" the man is heard screaming on the 911 call. "I don't know what to do!"

 

A recording of the tape was played during a news conference Tuesday where the Lavaca County district attorney and sheriff announced that the father would not face charges.

 

In declining to indict the 23-year-old father in the June 9 killing of Jesus Mora Flores, a Lavaca County grand jury reached the same conclusion as investigators and many of the father's neighbors: He was authorized to use deadly force to protect his daughter.

 

"It's sad a man had to die," said Michael James Veit, 48, who lives across the street from where the attack happened in this small community run on ranching and the Shiner beer brewery. "But I think anybody would have done that."

 

The family ranch is so remote that on the 911 tape, the father is heard profanely screaming at a dispatcher who couldn't locate the property. At one point, he tells the dispatcher he's going to put the man in his truck and drive him to a hospital.

 

"He's going to die!" the father screams, swearing at the dispatcher. "He's going to f------ die!"

 

The tense, nearly five-minute call begins with the father saying he "beat up" a man found raping his daughter. The father grows increasingly frazzled, shouting into the phone so loudly at times that the call often becomes inaudible.

 

The Associated Press is not identifying the father in order to protect the daughter's identity. The AP generally does not identify victims of sexual assault.

 

"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 attack happened on the family's ranch off a quiet, two-lane county road between the farming towns of Shiner and Yoakum. A statement released by the district attorney said a witness who saw Flores "forcibly carrying" the girl into a secluded area scrambled to find the father. Running toward his daughter's screams, the father pulled Flores off his child and "inflicted several blows to the man's head and neck area," investigators said.

 

Emergency crews responding to the father's 911 call found Flores' pants and underwear pulled down on his lifeless body. The girl was examined at a hospital, and Lavaca County District Attorney Heather McMinn said forensic evidence and witness accounts corroborated the father's story that his daughter was being sexually molested.

 

The father was never arrested, but the killing was investigated as a homicide.

 

Philip Hilder, a Houston criminal defense attorney and former federal prosecutor, said he would have been surprised if the grand jury had decided to indict the father. Hilder said Texas law provides several justifications for the use of deadly force, including if someone commits a sexual assault.

 

"The grand jury was not about to indict this father for protecting his daughter," he said.

 

Authorities said the family had hired Flores before to help with horses on the ranch. He was not born in the U.S. but was here legally with a green card. Attempts to locate Flores' relatives through public records were unsuccessful.

 

On Tuesday, a new "No Trespassing" sign was freshly tacked onto a gate barring entrance down a gravelly, shrub-canopied path leading to the barn and chicken coop on the ranch, which belonged to the father's dad.

 

At the father's house, the front yard could pass for a children's playground: blue pinwheels sunk into patchy grass, an above-ground swimming pool, a swing set, a trampoline and a couple of ropes dangling from a tree for swinging. A partial privacy fence is painted powder blue.

 

No one answered at the father's home. A few miles away, at a home listed as belonging to the father's sister, a woman shouted through the front door that the family had nothing to say. Huser, the father's attorney, told reporters that neither the father nor anyone else in the family would ever give interviews and asked that they be left alone.

 

Veit, who lives across the street from the ranch, described the father as easygoing and polite

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Manslaughter would be the obvious answer given he could argue it wasn't premeditated & there'd likely be a case for temporary insanity seeing as he caught him in the act.

Anyone who voted 'No' doesn't understand the law or the rule of precedent. A case like this would open the floodgates for vigilante justice which should be avoided at all costs.

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To put it in the extend of English legalese that I know, involuntary manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. Funnily enough, I've got a half-written short story about a situation just like this (entirely made up).

 

And yeah, gotta agree with Mike. Vigilante justice should be made to be demonstrably ineffective. I have no idea what things are really like in Texas, but over here, Daily Mail-encouraged mob killings don't sound too far-fetched.

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Anyone who voted 'No' doesn't understand the law or the rule of precedent. A case like this would open the floodgates for vigilante justice which should be avoided at all costs.

It clearly says in the article that Texas law permits several justifications for the use of deadly force. By no means are they inviting you to have a field day on any criminal without consequence.

 

I voted no. Were it not for the deadly force allowance, I may have gone for an option of a suspended manslaughter sentence. The kid has suffered more than enough without having to have her dad carted off to prison for a few years.

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What he did under law wasnt illegal - deadly use of force was allowed under the circumstances.

 

If i had been in that situation i would have done the same thing. And wouldnt have called the police or an ambulance like he did.

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What he did under law wasnt illegal - deadly use of force was allowed under the circumstances.

 

If i had been in that situation i would have done the same thing. And wouldnt have called the police or an ambulance like he did.

You'd have disposed of the body yourself? With your daughter present?

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What he did under law wasnt illegal - deadly use of force was allowed under the circumstances.

 

If i had been in that situation i would have done the same thing. And wouldnt have called the police or an ambulance like he did.

You'd have disposed of the body yourself? With your daughter present?

Got to use that bucket and spade sometime.

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What he did under law wasnt illegal - deadly use of force was allowed under the circumstances.

 

If i had been in that situation i would have done the same thing. And wouldnt have called the police or an ambulance like he did.

 

I can understand a no vote, but not calling the authorities is just flat out ridiculous. What do you do? Shallow grave? Woodchipper? Feed 'im to the hawgs?

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I voted for the lesser sentence rather than "no, he was right." A crime punishable by law has (accidentally) taken place, and while its human nature to say "the scumbag deserved it", laws become meaningless if they aren't enforced. As touched upon, if he were to go completely unpunished, it might open the floodgates for the yahoos to take the law into their own hands in revenge for more trivial things.

 

Having said that, I'd have attempted the same if I came upon someone abusing a child. My own child? The phrase "kick him in the balls til blood came out his mouth" comes to mind.

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