SHINER, TX (KSAT/CNN) - A grand jury will decide if a Texas father should be indicted for beating to death a man he says was molesting his 4-year-old daughter.
Officers say the girl's father caught the man in the act.
What started as a get-together on this small piece of land outside Shiner, TX turned deadly Saturday, June 9.
The landowner and grandfather of the child, who will not be named to protect the child's identity, said that his granddaughter and his 11-year-old son walked off to look at these chickens.
It was minutes later that he said an acquaintance who was at the get-together took the girl out into some brush and attempted to molest her.
The 23-year-old father of the young girl then attacked the man, punching him several times after learning what was happening.
"I jumped the fence and I saw the man on the ground," the grandfather said. "At that point, I didn't know if he was dead or not."
After suffering head trauma, the Gonzales man, whose name has not been released, died at the scene.
So far, no charges have been filed.
"He was in defense of a third person, which would be his daughter. He was just merely defending his daughter," said Lavaca County Sheriff Micah Harmon.
The girl was taken to a Victoria hospital, and later released to her family.
While the investigation continues, in the court of public opinion, many in this area are in support of the father.
"They feel like the father was justified in protecting his daughter," Harmon said.
"I mean any father, I would do the same - probably 10 times worse - if somebody would do that to my kid," a neighbor, Michael James Veit, said.
The sheriff said the little girl is physically OK but has some mental trauma.
He also said her father is remorseful and didn't think the man would die.
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