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Texas Sheriff Micah Harmon says he refuses to press charges against a father who killed a man allegedly raping his 4-year-old daughter.
“This is Texas justice,” one person commented on the outcome. Both forensic evidence and eyewitness testimony corroborated the father’s account. The young girl was taken to the hospital and examined.
The little girl’s brother reportedly witnessed 47-year-old farmhand Jesus Mora Flores grabbing her and taking her to a secluded shack on the family farm in the rural town of Shriner, Texas.
The son ran to his father who flew into a violent rage and beat the farmhand to death.
Sheriff Micah Harmon described the father as “very remorseful” and said he would not press charges given the evidence. Instead, the case is deferred to a grand jury that can decide whether to press charges.
“You have a right to defend your daughter,” Harmon said. “The girl’s father acted in defense of his third person.”
It’s widely believed that a grand jury in Lavaca County will agree with the Texas sheriff. Watch the clip:
The father’s attorney argued that he’s a “peaceable soul” who had “no intention to kill anybody that day.”
Local residents of the small Lavaca County town were mostly supportive of the father.
The little girl had been feeding the chickens with her brother when Flores allegedly approached, grabbed the little girl, and carried her to the secluded shack. According to court records, her brother ran to tell his father what was going on. Hearing what his son had to say, the distraught dad ran towards the shack, guided by his daughter’s screams.
When he entered, he found Flores with his daughter, both of whom had their underwear removed. The sight caused the father to fly into a blind rage, and he began beating Flores mercilessly. The father pulled Flores off his child and “inflicted several blows to the man’s head and neck area,” according to Daily Mail.
The dad didn’t stop until Flores lost consciousness. That’s when he realized what he had done and called 911. Despite his anger, the father was obviously concerned Flores might not survive as he pleaded with the dispatcher, begging her to quickly send an ambulance. “Come on! This guy is going to die on me! I don’t know what to do,” the then-22-year-old father screamed at the 911 dispatcher, who couldn’t locate the property.
Becoming increasingly frazzled, the dad even offered to drive Flores to the hospital in his own truck to help save his life at one point during the anguished 911 call. Emergency crews eventually arrived, but it was too late for Flores, who was found dead with his pants and underwear around his ankles.