Gonzales man dies in beating

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SHINER — Lavaca County sheriff investigators are still trying to piece together the details of the beating death of a Gonzales man that occurred over the weekend, but authorities say they do not know if any charges will be filed.

According to accounts of the incident, a father returned home Saturday to find a 47-year-old man molesting his 4-year-old daughter in a detached barn.

As of Wednesday, June 13, the names of those involved had not been released. It is not clear how the men were acquainted. Both men appear to be of Hispanic decent, and authorities said the dead man's relatives they are trying to notify are in Mexico.

According to Lavaca County sheriff Micah Harmon, the father struck the Gonzales man several times in the head in an attempt to stop the sexual assault of his daughter.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene by Lavaca County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4, Alene Lyons. The man’s body was taken to Travis County for an autopsy.

Harmon said the death occurred about 3:45 p.m. in a residence along County Road 302 near Shiner.

The girl was taken to a Victoria hospital for an examination.

No arrests have been made in the incident, and Harmon says the case remains under investigation. He said he does not know if any charges will be filed, and he has been in contact with 25th Judicial District Attorney Heather McMinn.

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