On June 9, 2012 a father from the small town of Shiner, TX called 9-1-1 informing authorities “I need an ambulance. This guy was raping my daughter and I beat him up.” During the call that lasted five minutes while the dispatcher tried to locate the rural residence, the father asserted, “Come on! This guy is going to die on me!” By the time help arrived Jesus Mora Flores, 47, died from multiple injuries.
The father, who was not named to protect the identity of his daughter, was not indicted by the grand jury in Lavaca County, TX. Under Texas state law, deadly force is justified in order to stop aggravated sexual assault or a sexual assault. District Attorney Heather McMinn told reporters “The substantial amount of evidence showed that the witness statements and the father’s statement and what the father had observed was in fact what had happened that day.”
The incident happened on the afternoon of June 9th when Jesus Mora Flores, a legal Mexican worker, was hired to help the father with his horses and had been invited to a barbecue and horse shoeing. A witness told investigators that Flores aggressively carried the father’s 5-year-old daughter into a secluded area near the barn of the family’s property. The father followed his daughter’s screams and found Flores sexually abusing her. He forcibly removed Flores from his daughter and punched him in the head and neck.
The distraught 9-1-1-phone call combined with the physical and forensic exam of the daughter and several detailed witness accounts all corroborated the father’s statement. District Attorney McMinn told CNN she had “never seen a case this clear” in her career, leading the grand jury to not return an indictment against the 23-year-old father.