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Shortest Jury Deliberations Ever?

Grand jury to review case of man who killed daughter's alleged abuser - CNN.com

A grand jury will weigh whether charges should be filed against a Texas father who killed a man he found sexually abusing his 5 year old daughter, local authorities said.
According to the Lavaca County Sheriff's Office, the 23-year-old father and his family were enjoying a barbecue last Saturday at their ranch on Shiner's outskirts where they keep horses and chickens.
His young daughter had gone off toward the barn, to feed the chickens. Then her father heard screaming and ran. He found a 47-year-old man in the act of sexually abusing his daughter, according to Sheriff Micah Harmon.
The father stopped the alleged abuser, then pounded him repeatedly in the head.
"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 in a statement Friday.

I don't think that reaching a verdict on that will trouble the good people of rural Texas much, though they may have some creative suggestions as the alternatives the father could have utilised.

Comments

Absolutely.

Jumping to conclusions is always a good idea, no?

The father has expressed remorse.

As someone said you have to be careful to avoid jumping to conclusions:

i.e. You see a man fighting a women with screaming child in parking lot...
Do you assume
A. Bad man, with women defending her child
B. Police trying to arrest non custodial parent for kidnapping

answer: You have no clue, call the police. Take notes, and otherwise stay well out of it.

However, the facts of this case as reported are so blindingly clear & one sided that there really was no other possible interpretation to to scene.

5 yo daughter, older man, pants around ankles, daughter in distress... if there ever was a clearer case of proxy self defense, which is more or less the Texan law this falls under (defending the helpless), it's hard to imagine it.

I'd venture to predict that in any sane jurisdiction with a functional legal system that Dad would walk away. That he later expresses remorse just shows that he's not a nutter.

That being said: 23 yo dad with a 5 yo daughter?


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