Texas Jury Acquits Man Who Forced Teens to Kneel in Front of Him and Fatally Shot One in the Back

A Laredo, Texas jury has acquitted a man who was accused of murdering a boy who broke into his home with other teens in search of snacks and sodas in July 2007. Jose Luis Gonzalez, 63, shot Francisco Anguiano, 13, in the back after making him and his three friends kneel in front of him in his trailer after catching him in a break-in. For some, it is an example of the increasing carnage under the so-called Castle Doctrine or make-my-day laws.

It only took the Texas jury of eight men and four women three hours to acquit Gonzalez of a crime that prosecutors insisted was cold-blooded murder.

Gonzalez’s trailer had been broken into several times before when he saw the boys enter the trailer from a nearby building. He went into the trailer with a 16-gauge shotgun and found four unarmed and apparently scared boys ranging in age from 11 to 15. Both sides agreed that he forced them to get on their knees in front of him. The boys testified that they were begging for forgiveness while Gonzalez hit them repeatedly with the shotgun. He then shot Anguiano in the back and the boys testified that he forced them to carry his body outside. Police would later find two mashed Twinkies and some cookies were stuffed in the pockets of his shorts.

These shootings appear on the increase as more people hear about the Castle Doctrine and the right to use lethal force in protection of one’s home. Click here and here.

From the evidence in the case, it is hard to see how the jury reached this decision. Clearly, much of a trial depends on the demeanorThe homeowner had four kids on their knees and was holding a shotgun. The wound was in the back. The concern is that more people, like Mr. Horn in the case linked above, are forcing lethal confrontation when they previously would have relied on the police to protect their property.

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26 thoughts on “Texas Jury Acquits Man Who Forced Teens to Kneel in Front of Him and Fatally Shot One in the Back

  1. I agree with the old man, they might a been teens but what happens when those teens grow up. then they might come back with guns and brake in your home then what are you gonna do. I have 4 little girls and I protect them in my home dearly. the man just flat out right had enough. in the past burglaries he probly did involve the police, but as we all know police can rarely do a damn thing. if someone forcibly breaks into my home with intent to steal or harm me or my family I will kill them. the castle doctrine law is a perfect deterrent. it’s very simple if you don’t want to die stay out of where you don’t belong. I was raised in the country where everyone who owns guns, and it did make me think twice before doing something wrong on someone else’s property. the law isn’t much at all anymore, the government is out for your money not for your safety. look at what’s going on overseas, 8 year olds carry automatic weapons. it’s not like back in the day were too men can go outback and ge old fashioned ass whipping. people will kill you. so my advice is to get a gun to protect you and your family and pray to god that the castle doctrine is around forever, because if they take that law away there’s gonna be a lot more break-ins and a lot more violence

  2. 4 things that everyone should remember:
    1) you don’t mess with a man’s woman.
    2) you don’t mess with a mans ‘s money
    3 you don’t mess with a mans’s famaily
    4) you don’t mess with a man’s twinkies.

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