Father found not guilty in the murder of his daughter’s Rapist

On June 9, 2012, a 23-year-old father was alerted that a farm worker was seen dragging his five-year-old daughter into a secluded shed on his farm. The father ran towards the screaming of his daughter and discovered a 47-year-old man named Jesus Mora Flores raping her. The father reacted by beating the rapist to death with his bare hands. After initial shock, the father called 9-1-1 and reported the crime. He was also asking for an ambulance and begging the operator to instruct him towards saving the perpetrators life. Once authorities arrived, they found Flores deceased with his pants and underwear down. The girl was there after examined at the hospital. Lavaca county district attorney, Heather McMinn said forensic evidence corroborated with the father’s story.

 Any parent would understand the fury and rage that father encountered when witnessing the sexual abuse of his young daughter. Some may argue that he could have stopped at a point he knew he had his daughter back in safety but one must also understand that once you’re in that blind fury state of mind, you can’t always control your actions. There’s also the argument that Flores and the father may have had an altercation and this whole scene was staged. Authorities did say the family had hired Flores before to help with the horses on the ranch but many would agree that the father of this child wouldn’t go as far as physically harming his daughter for the appearance of rape.

 On June 19, 2012, the Grand Jury declined to indict the rape victim’s father. The stand-your-ground law was used in the defense of this case. This is a Texas state law which gives individuals the right to use deadly force to protect themselves. Wikipedia’s definition:

 “A stand-your-ground law is a type of self-defense law that gives individuals the right to use deadly force to defend themselves without any requirement to evade or retreat from a dangerous situation. It is law in certain jurisdictions within the United States. The basis may lie in either statutory law and or common law precedents. One key distinction is whether the concept only applies to defending a home or vehicle, or whether it applies to all lawfully occupied locations. Under these legal concepts, a person is justified in using deadly force in certain situations and the “stand-your-ground” law would be a defense.”

Justice in my eyes was served. This man was only protecting his child. There may have been other ways that he could have gone about saving his daughter but most of us agree that we would have done the same or even worse. The fact that this young man tried to save the offender’s life after beating him senseless was pretty amazing. This man showed remorse for his actions and gave no perception that this murder was premeditated. It is unfortunate that a life was lost but it’s also a shame that the rape victim will have to undergo therapy and live the rest of her life with this horrible memory.

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5 Responses to Father found not guilty in the murder of his daughter’s Rapist

  1. bewalke3 says:


    I completely agree with this verdict. Any parent, or family member with emotional or biological ties to another would hate for this to happen to one of their own. As a strong advocate for any stand-your-ground law, I am pleased to have seen the law carried out as it should. As a native Texan that boosts my faith in the law system.

    -Brentton Walker

  2. dlopezra says:

    I completely agree with your justification regarding this particular case. It is absolutely tragic for any child of the age of 5 to undergo such a tormenting and horrifying situation. Just like any parent would, in particularly a father, he acted accordingly to the situation. Being able to remorse his actions towards his daughter’s rapist, reflects a man of great character.

    This is a great example of how “stand-your-ground” law allowed him to protect his daughter regardless of the amount of force he used in order to stop this horrific scene. Not only was it a disturbing situation, it will result in further implications for this 5 year-old. Once someone is sexually abused it is extremely difficult to fully recover. With this in mind, I couldn’t agree anymore with the verdict and your opinions regarding this unfortunate incident.

  3. yesdelrinc says:

    This is an incredibly unfortunate case. I always feel uncertain when it comes to these sorts of conflicts. On the one hand, I understand human emotions and the feeling of achieving justice through violent measures. However, I also see the significance of allowing the law to intervene and advocate on your behalf. Yet, I am not sure if anyone is able to restrain themselves if they were in the situation of the father. This is simply a terrible case and am not certain if reliance on lawful intervention would have been an adequate response to a crime of this gravity.

  4. kasaunde says:

    I 100% agree that justice was served in this case. Too often similar cases result in the opposite ruling where the father would have been charged with murder. It’s nice to see the court work how it should. This father was doing what any good, protective father would do. Jesus Mora Flores in my opinion was better served than he would have been in court. Hats off to this father.

  5. jamietraxler says:

    I think the law worked out justly. I’m not a parent but I know that when I become one I would fight to the death to protect one of my own before I let someone hurt them. Even though I think no one has the right to take away another persons life, I think this played out justly.

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