A Texas father accused of killing a ranch hand he allegedly caught sexually assaulting his young daughter will not be facing homicide charges.
In fact, a grand jury on Tuesday chose not to indict the unidentified 23-year-old in a Lavaca County case that garnered nationwide attention.
It happened on June 9 at the family ranch off County Road 328, between Yoakum and Shiner, where the father fatally beat 47-year-old Jesus Flores and then called 911 to report the incident.
According to County District Attorney Heather McMinn, jurors did not indict the father on homicide charges because there was overwhelming evidence that his actions were justified.
"Under the law in the State of Texas, deadly force is authorized and justified in order to stop an aggravated sexual assault or a sexual assault," McMinn said. "The 5-year-old victim had sustained some physical injuries that were noted by a nurse and were consistent with all of the witness statements."
Still, defense attorney D'Anne Huser said her client never intended to end a life.
"He is a peaceable soul and he had no intention to kill anybody on that day, but he has to live with that," Huser said.
Word of the father's exoneration spread quickly throughout county, with friends and supporters expressing relief.
But the father and his family did not want to be interviewed.
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did not indict the father on homicide charges because there was overwhelming evidence that his actions were justified.
Couldn't agree more.