Texas Dad Acquitted of Murdering Man Who Killed Sons

By NBCNews.com

Published 08/27 2014 02:21PM

Updated 08/27 2014 03:24PM

David Barajas was found not guilty of gunning down the man who killed his young sons in a drunken-driving accident.
David Barajas was found not guilty of gunning down the man who killed his young sons in a drunken-driving accident./NBC News
A Texas father was found not guilty Wednesday of gunning down the man who killed his young sons in a drunken-driving accident. It took the jury three hours to acquit David Barajas, who was charged in the shooting death of 20-year-old Jose Banda Jr. in December 2012. "I thank God. This has been hard on me and my family," Barajas told reporters after the verdict, according to the Associated Press.

An intoxicated Banda struck Barajas and his two children while they pushed the family’s disabled truck down a road, just 50 yards away from their home in Alvin, south of Houston. Barajas’ children — David, 12, and Caleb, 11 — were killed. Amid the chaos, authorities charged, Barajas went home, retrieved a gun and went back to the wreckage to shoot Banda in the head. But investigators never recovered a gun and didn't have an eyewitness to the shooting. Barajas’ attorney, Sam Cammack, said his client’s only focus the night of the crash was trying to save his sons’ lives.

Read more from NBC News.

Copyright 2016 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


  • Texoma's Home Page
  • KFDX 3 Weather
  • KFDX 3 Sports
  • TexomasHomepage.com,
    KFDX, KJTL, & KJBO
  • KFDX 3 Weather
  • KFDX 3 News Instagram
  • TexomasHomepage Mobile App