On June 9, 2012, a 23-year-old father was alerted that a farm worker was seen dragging his five-year-old daughter into a secluded shed on his farm. The father ran towards the screaming of his daughter and discovered a 47-year-old man named Jesus Mora Flores raping her. The father reacted by beating the rapist to death with his bare hands. After initial shock, the father called 9-1-1 and reported the crime. He was also asking for an ambulance and begging the operator to instruct him towards saving the perpetrators life. Once authorities arrived, they found Flores deceased with his pants and underwear down. The girl was there after examined at the hospital. Lavaca county district attorney, Heather McMinn said forensic evidence corroborated with the father’s story.
Any parent would understand the fury and rage that father encountered when witnessing the sexual abuse of his young daughter. Some may argue that he could have stopped at a point he knew he had his daughter back in safety but one must also understand that once you’re in that blind fury state of mind, you can’t always control your actions. There’s also the argument that Flores and the father may have had an altercation and this whole scene was staged. Authorities did say the family had hired Flores before to help with the horses on the ranch but many would agree that the father of this child wouldn’t go as far as physically harming his daughter for the appearance of rape.
On June 19, 2012, the Grand Jury declined to indict the rape victim’s father. The stand-your-ground law was used in the defense of this case. This is a Texas state law which gives individuals the right to use deadly force to protect themselves. Wikipedia’s definition:
“A stand-your-ground law is a type of self-defense law that gives individuals the right to use deadly force to defend themselves without any requirement to evade or retreat from a dangerous situation. It is law in certain jurisdictions within the United States. The basis may lie in either statutory law and or common law precedents. One key distinction is whether the concept only applies to defending a home or vehicle, or whether it applies to all lawfully occupied locations. Under these legal concepts, a person is justified in using deadly force in certain situations and the “stand-your-ground” law would be a defense.”
Justice in my eyes was served. This man was only protecting his child. There may have been other ways that he could have gone about saving his daughter but most of us agree that we would have done the same or even worse. The fact that this young man tried to save the offender’s life after beating him senseless was pretty amazing. This man showed remorse for his actions and gave no perception that this murder was premeditated. It is unfortunate that a life was lost but it’s also a shame that the rape victim will have to undergo therapy and live the rest of her life with this horrible memory.