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The grand jury in Lavaca County, Texas decided that a Texas man would not be indicted for killing Jesus Mora Flores, 47, with his bare fists after he found Flores sexually molesting his five-year-old daughter. The police, although they investigated the death as a homicide, agreed with the conclusion the grand jury made.
The father, twenty-three, is not being identified by the press to protect the identity of his daughter.
On June 9 a witness saw Flores forcibly carrying the five-year-old girl to a remote area near the family’s barn; the witness then ran to find the girl’s father. The father caught Flores in the act of sexually molesting his daughter and pulled the man off of her, beating him around the head and neck.
The father called the police to try to save the man’s life but the dispatcher could not find the remote ranch outside of Shiner, Texas. During the five minute call the man began to get more and more upset about the dispatcher not being able to find the ranch. The father, in his frustration, began cursing and yelling at the dispatcher saying, “Come on! This guy is going to die on me! I don’t know what to do!” At points the father gets so upset that it is impossible to tell what he is saying. Toward the end of the call the father says that he will put Flores in his truck and drive him to the hospital himself.
When the police arrived they found Flores with his pants and underwear down around his feet. The daughter was taken to the hospital and examined for sexual abuse. Doctors found evidence that she had been raped, corroborating the witness’ and father’s story.
Flores was not a U.S. citizen but he did hold a green card. He was working for the family, helping them with their horses.
V’Anne Huser, the father’s attorney, said that the family would never be willing to give interviews to the public. Huser also commented on the father’s character saying, “He’s a peaceable soul. He had no intention to kill anybody that day.”
The family’s neighbor Michael James Veit, 48, also commented on the man’s character stating, “[He was] just like a regular kid, went to dances, drank beer like the rest of the kids around here… never been in trouble. Never, ever. You know, I think justice is served. It’s sad a man had to die, but I think anybody would have done that.”
For Shiner, Texas, a town that had only six homicides in the last eight years, these events have been shocking. However, many understand the father’s actions. Gail Allen, a Shiner resident, stated, “The father has gone through enough. 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.”