Alvin man indicted in fatal shooting after crash killed sons
The father of two young boys who were killed when a car slammed into their disabled pickup as they pushed it has been arrested in the shooting death of the other driver.
David Barajas, 31, is charged with murder in the death of 20-year-old Jose Banda about 11:30 p.m. Dec. 7 on County Road 144 near County Road 712C in Alvin, according to the Brazoria County Sheriff's Office.
Mystery initially surrounded Banda's death, said Investigator Dominick Sanders of the Brazoria County Sheriff's Office. Banda had been fatally shot, but no weapon was found at the scene.
Evidence and witness statements, however, eventually led investigators to piece together what happened after the crash, Sanders said.
"It is very strange," Sanders said.
Deputies said Barajas and his two sons, 12-year-old David Barajas II, and 11-year-old Caleb Barajas, were pushing their disabled Ford F-150 pickup not far from their Alvin home when the driver of a 2000 Chevrolet Malibu rammed the back of the truck.
Young David died at the scene. His brother was flown by LifeFlight medical helicopter to Memorial Hermann-The Texas Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
The boy's father had non life-threatening injuries.
Deputies said the driver of the Malibu, identified as Banda, was found with a gunshot wound in his head. He also was also flown by LifeFlight to Memorial Hermann-The Texas Medical Center, where he later died. No weapons were found at the scene. It was later determined that Banda had been intoxicated.
Investigators interviewed several witnesses who were at the scene at the time of the crash. They told investigators they saw David Barajas walk away from the crash site toward his home. They also told investigators they saw him return to the scene and approach Jose Banda's car. That's when the gunshots were fired, they said.
Using a search warrant, deputies went inside the Barajas' home. They found a handgun holster and ammunition, but no firearms.
Investigators are awaiting results of gunshot residue tests collected at the scene.
Sanders said a Brazoria County grand jury on Friday indicted David Barajas in Banda's death. On Sunday, he turned himself in to authorities. He was being held in the Brazoria County jail in lieu of $450,000 bail.