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More details have emerged from the case:|
The identity of the man who was beaten to death in a rural area of Lavaca County has been released.
Lavaca County Sheriff Micah Harmon sent out a press release announcing that 47-year old Jesus Mora Flores, who had a driver’s license showing a Gonzales address, was the man killed during the incident.
At approximately 3:43 p.m. on June 9, authorities received a 9-1-1 call from a distraught man urgently seeking medical care for a man who had been assaulted. The caller described the man was in need of immediate medical care from injuries he sustained from the father of a five-year old child the man was allegedly attempting to sexually assault.
Upon arrival, law enforcement and emergency medical personnel observed Flores on the scene suffering from numerous injuries to the head and neck area. After talking to witnesses on the scene,
it was discovered that a witness observed Flores forcibly carrying the child off to a secluded area. The witness ran for help and alerted the child’s father.
At that time the father heard a scream and ran in the direction of the sound, eventually coming upon Flores attacking his child. The father immediately removed Flores from on top of his child and in the process inflicted several blows to the man’s head and neck area.
“The physical evidence at the scene appeared to substantiate the father’s account,” said Harmon.
“When emergency medical personnel arrived, Flores’ pants and underwear were down and the man’s genitals were exposed.”
Further investigation, which was assisted by the Texas Rangers, included an autopsy, a physical exam and forsenic interview of the child and several detailed witness statements. All of the physical evidence gathered to date and the witness statements corroborated the father’s statement, Harmon’s news release noted.
The results of the preliminary autopsy report were released by Yoakum Justice of the Peace Alene Lyons, which said Flores died from “blunt force head and neck injuries.” The manner of death was ruled as a homicide. Lyons said the entire report will likely be released in the next six to eight weeks depending on how soon the toxicology report is completed.
The results of the victim’s physical exam, which took place at De Tar Hospital in Victoria, are still pending.
“Despite the other factors involved this is still a homicide investigation and I appreciate the Rangers assisting my office in completing the investigation,” said Harmon.
District Attorney Heather McMinn recently met with the Texas Rangers and Harmon to review the investigation and discuss further action.
“At this time I believe the homicide investigation should be sent to the Grand Jury,” she said through a press release. “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.”
Harmon indicated that he believed the child’s father was very remorseful and did not intend to kill Flores.
“This case has been very traumatizing on the child, her father, and his entire family,” he said. “I’m thankful the investigation is complete and that the District Attorney will be presenting it to the Grand Jury next week.”
A call made to the Lavaca County District Clerk’s office said the next scheduled date for the Grand Jury to convene was July 10.