Was father justified in killing daughter's alleged abuser?
Texas sheriff, locals defend dad's actions
- Duration 4:29
- Date Jun 18, 2012
Texas sheriff, locals defend dad's actions
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A week ago Saturday here in world -- Texas.
A father came upon his five year old daughter being sexually assaulted by -- he had invited to his farm.
That man ended up -- now many people are asking was he justified.
-- beating that man to death.
What I've heard in the community as any father would do that particular donor whatever it tanks and now this isn't Texas justice -- say.
This is people reacting.
Yes I think so I don't think it matter fourth quarter of the country you're in.
If someone's looking at tech and ruining your family members especially a young child -- -- you're gonna do what you have to do to protect your child.
-- walker county sheriff Mike Harmon says.
There's no evidence to indicate the 23 year old dad set out to kill his daughters assailant.
It appeared it you know -- they would just immediate reaction.
Trying to save his daughter.
And that's when he struck him about to -- do you think he meant to kill that man.
I don't think he did -- very remorseful that demand.
And now I don't think it was his intent.
I think he was just protect and his daughter.
When the girl's father called 911 that's free 43 PM on June ninth.
He was urgently seeking medical care for the man he assaulted.
He didn't know if the man was deceased or not -- what was -- like when he was making that call.
He was very distraught about -- situation.
I'm very excited he was we had a difficult time -- information out of him.
Was -- more distraught over the fact that his five year old daughter was.
-- or someone attempted to molest her.
Or the fact that this man was lying.
In the state where he couldn't increase is conscious and I think you're probably a combination of both.
Imagine the scene a family gathering on a rural form.
The grownups showing horses sent the children out of harm's way that's when -- -- more -- the attacker set upon the girl.
But that point in his when he heard it and it -- -- screaming for help.
And that's when he went down and found them.
According to reports he was half naked.
It's genitals were expose.
Must have been.
An emotional impact on the -- I'm sure it was when we arrived on the scene and that's how we found the deceased in his pants and underwear now.
It was a shock to me that some happen around -- like that if not perhaps a small community like that ever.
Michael James fight is a neighbor and has -- the girl's father since grade school any -- did what he did not work white says the girl's father has never been in trouble.
Made up thing she did get a father a -- -- -- and then that I mean any father should do that for -- In this otherwise peaceful town home of the famous shiner beer and self proclaimed clean this little city in Texas most locals feel the same way.
Is justified to see tickets where he -- and I do believe it's justified to -- opinion I think I'd be in a violent rage as well and I read.
Of course street acts end.
Beat this person but I -- -- kill someone if you learn a grand jury would you invite this person.
I personally I don't think so but it there's still a lot of questions that need to be answered.
Michael James -- whose kids occasionally play with the children on the neighboring farm has no doubt how he would react.
What you have them.
But it didn't do it this is bad I mean I -- got you know.
I think -- could say we probably would all kill the guy Craig but let me ask you some questions.
That 43 Earl -- or does he have a criminal record he has no criminal record it all never been in trouble for.
He has never been in trouble now is there anyone that contradicts his account.
That he interrupted an assault improper now according to the -- all the evidence indicates that the father is telling the truth there was an eyewitness who.
Actually alerted the father to the scene in the sheriff totally believes his story leases justified.
And when he did.
And now it's going to a grand jury what's the timing on the grand jury -- -- county prosecutor says she's going to bring the evidence of the grand jury.
As soon as possible but according to.
The people that I spoke to in that town and people around the state there isn't grand jury in Texas that would prosecute this guy.