The news media is quick to call it a homicide.
The beating death of a Texas man who was allegedly sexually assaulting a 5-year-girl will be treated as a homicide investigation, the Lavaca County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.Well, sure it is. Homicide is when one person kills another, and Dad killed the perp. There are degrees of homicide, and some of them aren't against the law.
A witness told law enforcement that Flores was seen forcibly carrying the girl to a secluded area, the statement said. When the girl’s dad found out, he began calling her name, and when he heard her screams, he moved in. When emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene, Flores’ pants and underwear were down, and his genitals were exposed, the statement said. All the witnesses' statements corroborated the father’s story, the release said.
I haven't seen any new interviews of neighbors who don't allow as how they'd probably have held the perp so that Dad could more properly get his licks in. In Texas, as in other parts of the Deep South, the "He Needed Killing" defense is alive and well.
I understand that they're going to convene a Grand Jury, as is right and proper. If I were the Dad, I'd want a grand jury as well. There are fewer ways to be completely cleared of judicial bullshit than for a grand jury to declare a No True Bill.
Cases like this is why grand juries are empaneled. My prediction is that they'll likely want to give Dad a medal.
UPDATE** I've just learned that the grand jury has declined to indict. Good news for Dad. Now he can put this behind him and worry about the trauma to his daughter.