A grieving father has been charged and indicted in the murder of a drunk driver. David Barajas Sr. is accused of shooting and killing a drunk driver who was responsible for the death of his two sons.
David Barajas Sr., of Alvin, Texas is being currently being held in the Brazoria County Jail after surrendering to authorities on Sunday. Barajas is charged with murdering 20-year-old Jose Banda.
As reported by Huffington Post, Barajas and his two sons age 11 and 12, were standing in the street in front of their home on December 7 when Banda hit them with his car. According to witnesses, Banda did not slow down and hit the boys at a high rate of speed. Twelve-year-old David Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene. His 11-year-old brother died shortly after arriving at the hospital.
Witnesses testified that the grieving father walked into his home, got a gun, came back outside and murdered the drunk driver. Police responded to calls reporting an accident and gunfire, but Barajas was not indicted until two months later.
Details remain sketchy as the weapon has not been recovered and authorities are waiting for the results of DNA testing. As reported by Chron.com, Barajas contends that he cannot remember anything about the evening other than a “blur.” Barajas’ official statement to authorities is sealed and cannot be released to the public.
Dominick Sanders, lead investigator for the Brazoria County Sheriff, announced the indictment on Monday. A grieving father shooting a drunk driver might sound like a crime of passion, but the grand jury decided differently. Sanders stated that the grand jury based their decision on the fact that Barajas was thinking clearly enough to return to his home for the gun.
Barajas is currently being held on $450,000 bond.