Some people would call this ‘privilege’ and others would say that this is just “Texas being Texas.” Either way, Ezekiel Gilbert is a free man today despite shooting & killing a 23-year-old escort after she took $150 from him.
Here are the details courtesy of MySanAntonio.com:
Gilbert, 30, embraced defense attorneys Bobby Barrera and Roy BarreraSr. with tears in his eyes after the not guilty verdict was read aloud by state District Judge Mary Román.
During closing arguments Tuesday, Gilbert’s defense team conceded the shooting did occur but said the intent wasn’t to kill. Gilbert’s actions were justified, they argued, because he was trying to retrieve stolen property: the $150 he paid Frago. It became theft when she refused to have sex with him or give the money back, they said.
Gilbert testified earlier Tuesday that he had found Frago’s escort ad on Craigslist and believed sex was included in her $150 fee. But instead, Frago walked around his apartment and after about 20 minutes left, saying she had to give the money to her driver, he said.
That driver, the defense contended, was Frago’s pimp and her partner in the theft scheme.
The Texas law that allows people to use deadly force to recover property during a nighttime theft was put in place for “law-abiding” citizens, prosecutors Matt Lovell and Jessica Schulze countered. It’s not intended for someone trying to force another person into an illegal act such as prostitution, they argued.
I’m at a loss for words at this verdict. All I can say is, ‘Murica.’