SHINER, Texas—A grand jury will decide whether to indict the father who beat to death the man who allegedly molested his daughter.
On the afternoon of June 9, Lavaca police responded to a 911 call to find Jesus Mora Flores, 64, dead from multiple injuries to the head and neck.
Investigator say Flores had been hired to help the father with his horses and had been invited to the home that day for a barbecue.
A witness told police that she observed Flores forcibly carrying a 5-year-old girl to a secluded area and alerted the child’s father, who rushed after them.
The father heard his daughter scream, ran towards her and found Flores attacking his child, according to investigators. He removed Flores from the top of the child and hit him on the neck and area.
"The physical evidence at the scene appeared to substantiate the father’s account. When emergency personnel arrived, Jesus Mora Flores’ pants and underwear were down and the man’s genitals were exposed," said Lavaca County Sheriff Micah Harmon.
Investigators conducted an autopsy, a physical and forensic exam of the child and heard several detailed witness accounts, which all corroborated the father’s statement, they said.
"At this time I believe the homicide investigation should be sent to the grand jury. Sheriff Harmon made the right decision in not arresting the father at the time of the incident. All of the evidence surrounding this homicide will be presented to the grand jury as soon as possible," Lavaca County District Attorney Heather McMinn said.
"This case has been very traumatizing on the child, her father and his entire family. I’m thankful the investigation is complete and the District Attorney will be presenting it to the grand jury next week," said Sheriff Harmon.