In 2012, a call came in from a 24 year old rancher and father, to 9-11 from an isolated ranch in Shiner TX. He told 9-11:
I need an ambulance. This guy was raping my daughter and I don't know what to do"
Earlier a witness had seen the alleged rapist, a man named Jesus Flores, forcibly carrying the girl into a secluded area. The father, hearing his daughers screams, followed the sounds only to discover Flores and his daughter, both with underwear down, and Flores in the process of raping her. The father then proceeded to, well, beat the hell out of him, striking him repeatedly in the head and neck. On his 9-11 call he is also recorded as saying:
"Come on! This guy is going to die on me! I don't know what to do."
Flores eventually died, and the case was called into court as a prospective homicide, but no charges were ever filed and the father was set free. People everywhere hailed this father as a hero, many saying, they would have done the same if not worse to this guy. Others were outraged that no charges were filed because they felt like vigilanty style justice, is not justice and we cannot as a society allow people to take the law into their own hands. However, in Texas, deadly force is authorized and justified in order to stop an aggravated sexual assault or sexual assault and in this case, all evidence proved that the father had killed Flores in the process of the rape happening.
This particular case threw me because I consider myself to be a person that stands by the law, thinks an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind, and would much rather criminals rot in jail for the rest of their miserable lives rather than a death penalty. However, even without having kids myself (though I have professionally worked with kids most of my career), I felt without a doubt in my mind that this father was justified in what he did even if perhaps he had not intended to kill Flores. As a parent it is an unspoken oath you take to defend and protect your children from harm no matter how old or young they may be. I just can't see in that situation what other course of action the father could have taken to protect his daughter (meaning, beating the guy up). However, if the case had been that the father found out after the fact that Flores had raped his daughter, then drove to his house and shot him to death, I think the public may have viewed this a bit differently, but in both cases, the father did or would have taken the law into his own hands.
So in your opinion, can there be such thing as justified homicide. Why or how? Hearing of this case, what do you think...should he have gone to jail or have been set free regardless of what actually happened in the case.