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Lawmakers in the state of Texas

On Christmas eve, Ezekiel Gilbert hired an escort. She met with him but did not have sex with him, and refused to return his money. As she turned to leave, Gilbert shot her in the neck, leaving her paralyzed.  Seven months later, she died of complications from the shooting.Texas law allows people "to use deadly force to recover property during a nighttime theft." The attorney said that because Gilbert expected sex from the escort, her refusal to refund his $150 was considered theft. (Never mind that prostitution was an illegal act.) With the verdict, a man guilty of murder walks free, while his victim, a 23-year-old woman, is dead.  A law intended to protect citizens from violent crime was used to get a murderer off.  Texas lawmakers need to clarify the law so this never happens again. 


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Texas lawmakers need to clarify the law so that murderers don't get off by twisting the intent of the law.


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