“Three sons were lost that day. The state has compassion for every single one of them, the Barajas children and the Banda son,” Yenne said.
Barajas said he is hoping to move forward and get closure with regard to his sons’ deaths. But he also said that he is praying for Banda’s family.
“They lost a son, too,” Barajas said.
Banda’s family did not speak with reporters after the verdict. Felicia Leija, Banda’s common-law wife, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
During the trial, investigators testified that a bullet fragment found in Banda’s car could have come from a .357-caliber gun, and that ammunition for such a gun was found in Barajas’ home.
A forensic scientist testified blood found on the driver’s side door and driver’s arm rest of Banda’s car was consistent with that of Barajas.
Cammack spent most of his closing argument earlier Wednesday trying to knock down the prosecution’s evidence. He said tests showed the bullet fragment found in Banda’s car could have also come from another weapon besides a .357-caliber gun. He said the blood found on Banda’s car that came from Barajas was spilled when Barajas was attacked by Banda’s cousin and half brother, who witnessed the crash but later told investigators they fled the scene.
Cammack also suggested that Banda’s cousin or half brother could have been responsible for the shooting. Banda’s cousin and half brother testified they did not shoot Banda. Cammack also told jurors that a search of Barajas’ home failed to find any evidence that directly linked him to the crime scene.
The defense attorney also used 911 calls to create a timeline that suggested Barajas would not have had enough time to shoot Banda.
Only three defense witnesses were called during the trial, which lasted a little over a week.