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Ezekiel Gilbert Acquitted Of Killing Escort Who Wouldn’t Have Sex With Him

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A Texas jury has acquitted a man accused of murdering an escort he found on Craigslist after she refused to have sex with him.

Ezekiel Gilbert admitted to shooting 23-year-old Lenora Ivie Frago on Christmas Eve of 2009, but the jury found him not guilty anyway. Gilbert, 30, embraced his attorneys, Bobby Barrera and Roy Barrera Sr., after the verdict was read by state District Judge Mary Román.

If he were convicted, Gilbert could have faced life in prison.

After leaving the courtroom, Gilbert thanked God, his lawyers and the jury for being able to “see what wasn't the truth” and for the “second chance.”

Gilbert testified that he had found Frago's escort ad on Craigslist and believed sex was included in her fee. When she arrived at his house, she walked around for 20 minutes before leaving to allegedly give Gilbert’s cash to her driver, Gawker reported. Gilbert's lawyers claimed he was justified in shooting Frago because he was trying to retrieve stolen property  the $150 fee he paid her. Texas law allows people "to use deadly force to recover property during a nighttime theft."

“I sincerely regret the loss of the life of Ms. Frago,” Gilbert said. “I've been in a mental prison the past four years of my life. I have nightmares. If I see guns on TV where people are getting killed, I change the channel.”

The verdict came after almost 11 hours of deliberations by the jury that stretched over two days.

Sources: Gawker, My San Antonio