Texas father to stand trial in killing of drunk driver

This undated photo provide by the Barajas family shows from left, Cindy Barajas, Jenessah Barajas, Caleb Barajas, David Barajas and David Barajas Jr. Caleb and David Jr. were killed during a Dec. 7, 2012, accident near their home in Alvin, Texas, as the boys and their 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 the brothers. The boys’ father was charged with fatally shooting Banda minutes after the accident. His trial is set to begin Monday, Aug 18. (AP Photo/Courtesy Barajas Family)

ANGLETON, Texas (AP) – 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 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.

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