Homicide

Murder trial to begin for father accused in fatal shooting of driver in deadly drunken wreck

  • This undated photo provided by Felicia Leija shows Jose Banda, 20, with his newborn daughter Alisa. Authorities say Banda was fatally shot in December 2012 minutes after he slammed into a truck that was being pushed by a father and his two sons after the vehicle had broken down. The two boys were killed in the alcohol-related accident. Investigators allege the boys’ father, David Barajas, shot Banda. Barajas’ trial is set to begin Monday, Aug. 18.  (AP Photo/Felicia Leija)

    This undated photo provided by Felicia Leija shows Jose Banda, 20, with his newborn daughter Alisa. Authorities say Banda was fatally shot in December 2012 minutes after he slammed into a truck that was being pushed by a father and his two sons after the vehicle had broken down. The two boys were killed in the alcohol-related accident. Investigators allege the boys’ father, David Barajas, shot Banda. Barajas’ trial is set to begin Monday, Aug. 18. (AP Photo/Felicia Leija)  (The Associated Press)

  • This undated photo provided by the Barajas family shows Caleb Barajas. Barajas was killed during a Dec. 7, 2012, accident near his home in Alvin, Texas as he and his brother and his father were pushing their truck on a rural road after it had broken down. Authorities say 20-year-old Jose Banda was intoxicated when he slammed his vehicle into the truck, killing Caleb and his brother David Jr. The boys’ father, David Barajas, was charged with fatally shooting Banda minutes after the accident. His trial is set to begin Monday, Aug 18.  (AP Photo/Barajas Family)

    This undated photo provided by the Barajas family shows Caleb Barajas. Barajas was killed during a Dec. 7, 2012, accident near his home in Alvin, Texas as he and his brother and his father were pushing their truck on a rural road after it had broken down. Authorities say 20-year-old Jose Banda was intoxicated when he slammed his vehicle into the truck, killing Caleb and his brother David Jr. The boys’ father, David Barajas, was charged with fatally shooting Banda minutes after the accident. His trial is set to begin Monday, Aug 18. (AP Photo/Barajas Family)  (The Associated Press)

  • This undated photo provided by the Barajas family shows David Barajas Jr. Barajas was killed during a Dec. 7, 2012, accident near his home in Alvin, Texas as he and his brother and his father were pushing their truck on a rural road after it had broken down. Authorities say 20-year-old Jose Banda was intoxicated when he slammed his vehicle into the truck, killing David Jr. and his brother Caleb. The boys’ father, David Barajas, was charged with fatally shooting Banda minutes after the accident. His trial is set to begin Monday, Aug 18.  (AP Photo/Barajas Family)

    This undated photo provided by the Barajas family shows David Barajas Jr. Barajas was killed during a Dec. 7, 2012, accident near his home in Alvin, Texas as he and his brother and his father were pushing their truck on a rural road after it had broken down. Authorities say 20-year-old Jose Banda was intoxicated when he slammed his vehicle into the truck, killing David Jr. and his brother Caleb. The boys’ father, David Barajas, was charged with fatally shooting Banda minutes after the accident. His trial is set to begin Monday, Aug 18. (AP Photo/Barajas Family)  (The Associated Press)

A father faces trial on charges that he fatally shot a drunken driver who killed his two sons in a wreck in rural Southeast Texas.

Opening statements are expected Tuesday in the murder trial of David Barajas (buh-RAH'-hus) in Angleton.

Authorities say Barajas fatally shot Jose Banda after the December 2012 accident near Alvin, about 30 miles southeast of Houston. Barajas' sons, 12-year-old David Jr. and 11-year-old Caleb were killed in the wreck.

Defense attorney Sam Cammack says his client did not kill Banda.

No witnesses have named Barajas as the shooter. Authorities never recovered a weapon.

If convicted, Barajas faces up to life in prison.