A Texas jury has acquitted 30-year-old Ezekiel Gilbert of murder after he argued that he didn’t intend to kill an escort whom he paid $150 for what he thought was for sex.
Gilbert initially faced life in prison after he shot Craigslist escort Lenora Ivie Frago, 23, in the neck on Christmas Eve 2009 as she tried to leave his apartment without engaging in any sexual acts. Frago was paralyzed, and died seven months later from complications from the gunshot, according to the San Antonio Express-News. So why isn’t Gilbert serving life in prison? According to the Express-News…
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. [… ] 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.
We’re pissed, LivLunatics. It’s so sick. First of all, a woman is not required to have sex with a man if she doesn’t want to. Just because Frago was paid does not mean she was obligated to sleep with him. Second, it is unbelievably scary that Gilbert would resort to violence to try to get his money’s worth, or at all. So what if the intention wasn’t to kill, the fact is, Frago is dead and Gilbert got off because it was “theft.” This is disgusting, and must be stopped.
“So what can I do?” you’re probably thinking. There’s a lot–contact Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who could issue an opinion clarifying that nobody can be shot or killed for refusing to have sex. Judges and lawyers regularly refer to attorney general opinions during cases, so this could make a real difference in the future. Clog his inbox, tie up his phone line, sign the petition, speak up in comment sections on news sites, we can’t be silent. Frago did not deserve to die because she said no.
What’s your take, LivLunatics? Can you believe it’s 2013 and we still have to remind people that “no means no?”