In an exclusive interview, Dr. Phil sits down with David and Cindy Barajas just weeks after David was acquitted of murder charges in connection with the shooting death of a drunk driver who killed their two young sons.
A Father Accused
In December 2012, David Barajas and his sons, David Jr., 12, and Caleb, 11, were pushing the family’s truck near their home in Southeast Texas, when they were struck by a drunk driver. Both boys were killed. David’s wife, Cindy, and the couple’s two other children, an 8-year-old daughter and 3-month-old baby, were unhurt inside the truck.
Prosecutors alleged that after the crash, Barajas, in a fit of rage, returned home, retrieved a gun, then shot and killed the driver, 20-year-old Jose Banda Jr. But the defense maintained Barajas was focused only on saving his sons — not on exacting revenge. The gun used to kill Banda was never found, and there were no witnesses who identified Barajas as the shooter.
For the first time, David, who did not take the stand during his trial, is speaking out about that fateful night. What does he remember? What was his reaction when he was arrested? And, how is the family coping after such a devastating loss?
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The Barajas describe the tragic crash. “I ended up in a ditch.”
“I remember holding his hand, and asking him to pray with me and screaming for help — and no one coming to help.”
“Did you approach his car and shoot him in the head?”
Do the 911 recordings prove David wouldn’t have had enough time to kill Banda?
Don’t miss Part 2 tomorrow. If David didn’t shoot Jose Banda Jr. on that deadly night, who did? And, how can this family move forward?