C’mon. Navel-gazing about the fine line between self-defense and voluntary manslaughter is fun, but was there ever really any doubt?
Flores was killed June 9 on a family ranch so remote that the father is heard profanely screaming at a dispatcher who couldn’t locate the property.
“Come on! This guy is going to die on me!” the father yells. “I don’t know what to do!”…
The tense, nearly five-minute 911 call begins with the father saying that he “beat up” a man found raping his daughter. The father grows increasingly frazzled, cursing and crying into the phone so loudly at times that the call often becomes inaudible.
At one point tells the dispatcher he’s going to put the man in his truck and drive him to a hospital before sheriff’s deputies finally arrive.
“He’s going to die!” the father screams. “He’s going to (expletive) die!”
Follow the link for background, including the fact that the molester was seen carrying the little girl off and ended up with his pants and underwear around his ankles, just in case you were wondering how bad his abuse of her got. The father’s also apparently highly regarded by those who know him, as you’re about to see in the clip, so there would have been plenty of character witnesses on his behalf at trial. The only hope the prosecution had of an indictment was some sort of evidence, forensic or otherwise, that the father had beaten the guy vindictively after he was powerless to resist, which would have blurred the line on self-defense. Instead, the 911 call suggested the opposite — that dad was genuinely horrified that he had killed the guy, notwithstanding what he had done to his daughter. It’s said of grand juries that they’ll indict a ham sandwich if the prosecution asks them to. Not only couldn’t the D.A. meet that standard here, I don’t think they were even close.