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Man acquitted for murder of prostitute who took his money but refused to perform

By Mason White 2:05 PM June 10, 2013
Ezekiel Gilbert  

By: Eva Fett
(Scroll down for video) A man walked free after he killed a prostitute over $150.

A Texas jury has acquitted a man of murder after he argued he had no intention of killing the woman he just wanted his money back.

Ezekiel Gilbert, 30, defended his action by saying that he was defending his property when the woman would not perform the services she was paid to do, instead she tried to flee with his money.

Gilbert was facing life in prison after he shot Lenora Ivie Frago, 23, who advertised her services as an escort on Craigslist. Frago was shot in the neck, on Christmas Eve 2009. She became paralyzed, and she was hooked up to a respirator for several months until her family pulled the plug.

A Bexar County jury acquitted Gilbert on Wednesday on grounds of a Texas law that allows people to use deadly force to recover property from a nighttime burglary.

Gilbert said that he met Frago on Craigslist. They met at 4:15 am. He paid her $150 for sex, but she took the money and left without giving him anything in return. After she left, Gilbert followed her and saw that she gave the money to her driver, her alleged pimp and they drove off. That’s when Gilbert shot at the car hitting her in the neck.

Prosecutors argued that the Texas law was in place for “law-abiding” citizens, not for people who try to force others into prostitution. Gilbert’s defense attorney claimed that he was justified because the woman used “prostitution” as a scam to steal his money, and he had no intention of killing Frago.

After the verdict Gilbert said: “I deeply regret the loss of life of Frago. I’ve been in a mental prison in the last four years of my life. I have nightmares. If I see guns on television where people are being killed, I change the channel.”Mobile video not loading? Click here to view