In Texas, David Barajas, former inmate and former father of two, was acquitted on charges of murder by a jury after only three hours of deliberation.
In December of 2012, Barajas and his two sons (Caleb, aged 11 and David, aged 12) were pushing their broken-down truck along the side of the road some 50 yards away from their home in Alvin, Texas, just south of Houston.
They never saw 20-year-old Jose Banda Jr., drunkenly speeding toward them from behind. He slammed into the back of the Barajas’ truck, instantly killing the two boys and injuring Barajas. But, predictably, surviving the crash himself.
Amid the chaos, seeing the broken and bloody bodies of his two children, Barajas ran back to his home. He returned with a gun, and in a fit of grief and rage, put the barrel against Banda’s head. Moments later, what remained of Banda’s alcohol-soaked brain landed in the passenger side of his vehicle.
When police arrived at the scene, they didn’t immediately realize that the trauma to Banda’s head was the result of a gunshot wound. Upon later investigation, they were unable to recover a weapon, and there were no witnesses to the shooting.
Or, at least, no witnesses willing to say they saw it.
Just one of those “struck-in-the-head-by-stray-bullet-immediately-after-killing-someone’s-kids-through-your-own-sociopathic-stupidity” incidents. Rare…but it happens.
Watch a report on the story from NBC News in the video below: