From MySanAntonio.com, written by Michele Mondo and Sam Peshek -
A Bexar County jury on Wednesday acquitted Ezekiel Gilbert of murder in the death of a 23-year-old Craigslist escort.
Gilbert, 30, embraced defense attorneys Bobby Barrera and Roy Barrera Sr. with tears in his eyes after the not guilty verdict was read aloud by state District Judge Mary Román.
Outside the courtroom, Gilbert thanked God, the Barrera family and the jury for being able to “see what wasn't the truth” and for the “second chance.”
Had he been convicted, he could have faced up to life in prison for the slaying of Lenora Ivie Frago who died about seven months after she was shot in the neck and paralyzed on Christmas Eve 2009. Gilbert admitted shooting Frago.
So, let me sum up what happened here, in nine easy steps:
1. Man looks for Ms. Right, or at least "Ms. Right Now, for the Right Price, anyway" on Craigslist.
2. Man reads word "escort", thinks "hooker".
3. Man makes "business arrangement" for "escort services", thinks "sex".
4. Woman delivers "escort services". Man demands "sex".
5. Woman says "No".
6. Man shoots woman, who languishes paralyzed for seven months before succumbing to her injuries.
7. Man is charged with murder.
8. Man puts on a defense of "by saying 'no' to sex at night, a prostitute has stolen money in the nighttime, and lethal force can be used to recover such stolen money".
9. Jury agrees, and acquits man.
I'll leave it to others who are far wiser and more eloquent than me to expound on how truly horrific this crime, defense, and verdict were (like here).
I will, however, point out the silver lining in this darkest of clouds -
Texas led the way in "tort reform"; now it's leading the way in simplifying the resolution of contract disputes.
Get a gun.