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Old 02-12-2013, 12:31 PM  
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Murder charges in revenge killing by father of children slain by drunk driver

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An Alvin father remained in the Brazoria County Jail Monday, charged with murder in the alleged revenge killing of a drunk driver who plowed into his truck, killing his two young sons last December.

David Barajas Sr., 31, a construction worker, is being held in lieu of $450,000 bail in the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Jose Inez Banda minutes after the Dec. 7 crash that claimed the lives of Barajas' 11- and 12-year-old sons.

"The whole incident is extremely tragic," said Brazoria County sheriff's lead investigator, Dominick Sanders. "The grand jury reviewed it and has indicted him for murder."

Tests showed Banda's blood alcohol was twice the legal limit when his Chevrolet Malibu rear-ended the Barajas' family's Ford 250 truck that had run out of gas on an unlit county road near Alvin, investigators said. The inebriated driver failed to swerve or even apply his brakes before plowing into the truck and crushing Barajas' sons, David Jr., 12, and Caleb, 11.

The boys had been helping their father push their disabled truck and were less than 150 yards from their driveway when they were hit. Caleb was pronounced dead at the scene, and David Jr. died shortly after arrival at Memorial Hermann Hospital. Their father escaped serious injury.


Barajas' wife, Cindy, and their 8-year-old daughter and 3-month-old son, had remained seated inside the truck and were not hurt.

Several minutes after the crash, 911 operators began receiving phone calls about the accident and recorded a sound of gunfire. Investigators arrived at the scene to find Banda slumped in the front seat of his car with a bullet wound to his head. He never regained consciousness.

The weapon used in the shooting has not been found, said Brazoria County Sheriff's investigator Dominick Sanders.

During a two-month investigation, authorities located a witness who reported seeing David Barajas walk from the crash scene to his nearby home and return to Banda's car, after which the witness heard gunshots.

The witness was not close enough to see if Barajas had a weapon in his hand, Sanders said.

Investigators later searched Barajas' home, where they found an empty holster and some unused ammunition but no gun, Sanders said.

Both Barajas' and Banda's hands were checked for gun residue, but tests have not yet been completed.

DNA testing also remains underway on blood samples taken from Banda's vehicle.

A Brazoria County grand jury reviewed the evidence and heard testimony from Barajas before indicting him Friday for murder.

"His testimony is sealed and no statement about it can be released at this time," said Sanders.

Shortly after the accident, Barajas told relatives that he could not recall anything beyond rushing to the aid of his sons.

"It was worse than any movie scene because it was real," Barajas' brother, Gabriel, said. "The next thing my brother remembered was waking up in a hospital naked" after his clothing, drenched in his sons' blood, had been removed.

On Monday, Gabriel Barajas was shocked to learn his brother was in jail.

"I just knew he had been working to move forward in his life and take care of his two other children," he said.

Other Barajas family members could not be reached for comment.

Meanwhile, Banda's family has kept vigil, waiting for answers, by posting remembrances on a "rest in peace" Facebook page.

Felicia, Banda's wife, now raising their infant daughter alone, posted several comments just before the murder indictment was announced.

She wrote about missing Banda more than ever since his death two months earlier and told how she still proudly wears his picture on the back of her shirts and sweaters to remember him, "Because you still mean the world to me."

The Facebook page earlier had been a battleground, with angry postings by supporters of Banda, who complained of a vigilante killing, and supporters of Barajas, who described the boys' deaths as murders.

Sanders said grand jurors rejected a "crime of passion" defense because Barajas had time to reflect about what he was planning to do when investigators contend he went home to get a gun.

Barajas' neighbors say the family has moved from the house where they lived when the accident occurred.

"There's still two wooden crosses on the roadside where their boys died," said neighbor Michelle Tombs. "I bought some more permanent ceramic crosses to replace them. It's very sad. Their grandparents, who live across the street, hardly come outside much any more."
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:08 PM   #61
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Tests showed Banda's blood alcohol was twice the legal limit when his Chevrolet Malibu rear-ended the Barajas' family's Ford 250 truck that had run out of gas on an unlit county road near Alvin, investigators said. The inebriated driver failed to swerve or even apply his brakes before plowing into the truck and crushing Barajas' sons, David Jr., 12, and Caleb, 11
I'm not sure if I'm reading this right, but it sounds like the guy slammed into the back of the truck... with the kids in between the two?

****. That's terrible.
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:11 PM   #62
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:15 PM   #63
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:17 PM   #64
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Tragic story. If there was ever a case to be made for temporary insanity, I think this would certainly qualify.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:48 PM   #65
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Jesus Christ you people are demented....and you condone this sort of thing. Unbelievable.

If this guy doesnt get the worst worst possible manslaughter charge then it is bullshit. Guy should get murder charge IMO. He knew what he was doing all along.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:58 PM   #66
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Sad story all around.....i want to applaud the Dad for doing the right thing.....but on the other hand, he made a horrible even worse.
"The right" thing? Get real. That is the absolute wrong thing. Kick his ass. Fine shoot him. **** no.

Like it or not this was an accident. A grossly negligent one, but that doesnt make it right.

I can see all the lunatic dads on this thread. These are the type of guys that if your kid gets his ass kicked at school you go run over to the parents house with a bat. Idiots.
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Old 02-13-2013, 12:07 AM   #67
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I'm sorry but if you have 2 more kids then you don't do that shit. Especially a daughter. The odds of her being somewhat unstable just increased.
The ****?

Yeah, because it's totally cool if the SON is unstable.
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Old 02-13-2013, 03:57 AM   #68
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But then again...how the **** do you allow yourself to run out of gas with your entire family in the car. This could have all been avoided with a trip to Shell.
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:43 AM   #69
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disgusting and sad :| We don't have all the details obviously but what were given I'd have to convict him. I'd hope for a lenient sentence though.

I wonder if the driver of the car was already dying before the father came back and shot him? He was still seated in the front seat of the car minutes later so I'd assume he was either unconscious, immobilized somehow, or badly badly injured. I wonder if that would change the fathers case for better or worse
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Old 02-13-2013, 07:36 AM   #70
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I'd think one could claim temporary insanity, which is a viable plea in many states.

After watching your children crushed to death, it's pretty easy to see red and lose all sense of reason.
I could see almost any father would go full on Martin Riggs at that moment: http://youtu.be/mp9YWsV0W8I?t=1m15s
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Old 02-13-2013, 07:56 AM   #71
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"The right" thing? Get real. That is the absolute wrong thing. Kick his ass. Fine shoot him. **** no.

Like it or not this was an accident. A grossly negligent one, but that doesnt make it right.

I can see all the lunatic dads on this thread. These are the type of guys that if your kid gets his ass kicked at school you go run over to the parents house with a bat. Idiots.
You witness two of your kids smashed to death by a drunk driver and you wouldn't act irrationally or possibly want to end this douche bags life?? I think he just followed through with what every normal father would think about doing. Good luck though re-living the tragedy over and over again in court while the drunk douche sits alive and well because he was negligent.
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Old 02-13-2013, 08:03 AM   #72
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I wonder if the driver of the car was already dying before the father came back and shot him? He was still seated in the front seat of the car minutes later so I'd assume he was either unconscious, immobilized somehow, or badly badly injured. I wonder if that would change the fathers case for better or worse
He was drunk, so I'm sure he was perfectly unharmed.
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:35 AM   #73
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Sorry but I wouldn't have gone back to get my gun. I would've pulled a Vinnie Jones in Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and just car doored that mother.
I don't like the idea of letting anyone think it's OK to take the law into his/her own hands.

That said, I can't even imagine what I'd do if this happened to me, but I think it'd be more along these lines. It makes me sick to even think about this.
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:55 AM   #74
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The only problem with this entire story is whether the dad knew the guy was drunk. Horrible accidents happen when people are completely sober, he could have been shooting someone completely sober. I still probably don't want him convicted of murder.
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Old 02-13-2013, 12:18 PM   #75
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Should have just beat him to death, as a father that's what I would have done..
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