August 28th, 2014
12:16 AM ET

Father acquitted of killing drunk driver

A jury in Texas found a man not guilty in the murder of a drunk driver who killed his sons. Local media reports say in 2012, 20-year-old Jose Banda Jr. was intoxicated when he struck and killed David Barajas' sons. They were just 11 and 12, and helping to push the family's truck down a road near their home. Prosecutors say Barajas then shot and killed Banda. Anderson discussed this emotional case with former federal prosecutor Jeffrey Toobin and Mark O'Mara,  who is George Zimmerman's former attorney.

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  1. kellyocallan talks human nature

    I was in a car accident 7 years ago and am left with severe nerve damage/crippling pain for life. At age 34, I was left unable to work and had extreme difficulty caring for my two very young sons. I am so lucky to have survived, however I'm unable to do many things and am in poor finances, struggling every day just to make ends meet. I have forgiven the man, whose careless driving destroyed so many aspects of my (and my family's) life. However, on the days where the pain is too unbearable – physically, mentally, or emotionally – I'm glad that I do not own a gun because I feel like I would "snap" and grab it and want to put a bullet in the head of that man who crashed into me. I'm by no means violent, spiteful, or vengeful, but some moments that pain can make me so "insane" that I'd go to the extreme to want to murder the person who inflicted the pain. Yes, this father technically should be punished for killing another man. But, I truly believe the crime may have been committed during an "insanity" period brought on from his overwhelming pain. Sadly, there is no justice in this particular case, no matter what the ruling.

    August 28, 2014 at 2:47 pm |
  2. woodie

    Man murdered somebody. This is not right.

    August 28, 2014 at 1:46 pm |
    • bigsofty

      The man was found not guilty of murder. So unless you were there and actually saw the shooting, you don't know squat.

      September 7, 2014 at 12:08 pm |
  3. Wedding Guest

    Return to policing in pairs: it seems to me that asking police to engage solo in potentially violent situations is both unfair and unsafe for the officer and citizen. I recall a time when police operated in pairs. I think this makes for more careful decision making and safer outcomes. Undoubtedly this would require more cost-our society is paying for our current practice with the loss of life.

    August 28, 2014 at 9:51 am |
  4. louddpak

    Reblogged this on louddpak.

    August 28, 2014 at 1:52 am |

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