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Grieving father charged in shooting death of driver

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ALVIN, Texas (FOX 26) -

Months after David Barajas buried his children who died as the result of a vehicle accident, he has been charged in the shooting death of the man who drove the car that struck the two boys.

David Barajas, 31, was charged with murder on Monday and a bond of $450,000 has been set for him.

Barajas' sons, David and Caleb, were helping their father push his disabled Ford F-250 pickup truck along County Road 144 near County Road 712C in Brazoria County after 11 p.m. on Dec. 7, 2012 when the car, driven by Jose Banda, crashed into the rear part of the truck. Young David was killed and Caleb later died at a hospital.

Banda, 21, was taken by Life Flight medical helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital - Texas Medical Center where he later died. Medical staff determined Banda was intoxicated when the crash took place.

The medical examiner at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences determined Banda died from a gunshot wound to the head.

The vehicle crash took place near the Barajas family home.

David Barajas had sustained minor injuries in the crash while his wife and two daughters, who were inside the truck during the vehicle crash, were not hurt.

No one recovered a gun at the site of the crash, but people reported hearing gunshots fired after the accident.

Brazoria County investigators interviewed several witnesses who were present at the accident scene. Those witnesses said they observed David Barajas walk away from the accident site to his home and return to the area before approaching Banda's car when the gunshots were fired.

After Brazoria County investigators executed a search warrant on the Barajas family home, they found a handgun holster and ammunition, but no weapon, though they are waiting for the results of gunshot residue tests from evidence collected at the crash site.

A Brazoria County grand jury returned an indictment on David Barajas in the murder of Jose Banda and Barajas was arrested and taken to the Brazoria County Detention Center.

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