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TW: Molestation & Death - Father kills man who tried to molest his 4-year-old daughter

10:01 pm - 06/12/2012

SHINER, Texas (AP) - Authorities say a father used his hands to beat to death a man who allegedly tried to sexually assault his 4-year-old daughter on their farm.

Lavaca County Sheriff Micah Harmon said Monday he doesn't anticipate arresting the father, who told police he heard the girl screaming. Harmon said nothing so far suggests the beating death happened for "any reason other than what he told us."

"In the course of trying to get her away from him, and protect her, he struck the subject several times in the head and the subject died," Harmon said.

The victim was only identified as a 47-year-old man from Gonzales, Texas. Harmon said the man appeared to have no prior criminal history and that he went to the property Saturday to help care for some horses.

Harmon said the father's name is being withheld because of the ongoing investigation. He said a grand jury will decide what, if any, charges the father will face


baked_goldfish 13th-Jun-2012 02:53 am (UTC)
As it was apparently self-defense (of a third party), wouldn't this dude have a pretty solid defense in court? I can't imagine charging him with anything would lead to anything but backlash.
blinkidybah 13th-Jun-2012 03:03 am (UTC)
Especially in Texas.
queenbathory 13th-Jun-2012 03:31 am (UTC)
ya that's what I was thinking but I really don't know much about the legal system in Texas
rayofblacklight 13th-Jun-2012 03:47 am (UTC)
Not sad for the creeper; I hate child abusers. I don't know Texas law, but law school has taught me that some jurisdictions only allow enough force to protect the person or remove them from immediate danger. So, if TX is one of those JDs, the dad could be charged with something, but it probably partially depends on the creeper's autopsy to see if there's overkill.

Edited at 2012-06-13 04:20 am (UTC)
carmy_w 13th-Jun-2012 03:05 pm (UTC)
Not sure what the laws are, but believe you me-no Texas jury will convict him.
rayofblacklight 13th-Jun-2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
I agree, just wanted to point out that defense of third parties doesn't necessarily allow the use of deadly force.
mirhanda 13th-Jun-2012 09:23 pm (UTC)
If they did charge him, I feel like the jury would nullify anyway.
rayofblacklight 14th-Jun-2012 12:03 am (UTC)
True. BUT it's good to point out that defense of third parties doesn't give a rescuer an unlimited pass to do whatever they want if it's not necessary to save the third person.

Edited at 2012-06-14 12:04 am (UTC)
mirhanda 14th-Jun-2012 12:06 am (UTC)
Meh, I'm not losing any sleep over it and I hope the dad doesn't either.
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