Several supporters yelled, "Thank you, Jesus," as the jury found David Barajas not guilty of murder in the shooting death of Jose Banda, the drunken driver who hit and killed his two sons.
The jury began deliberations at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday, after hearing closing arguments from both sides and came back with the verdict at 1:54 p.m.
The courtroom erupted with cheers and claps and the judge read the verdict, and some let out relieved sighs as they stood for the jury to be excused.
Barajas was charged with shooting Banda after the car Banda was driving careened into the truck Barajas and his sons were pushing late on Dec. 7, 2012.
The Barajas family's Ford F-250 had run out of gas and Barajas and his sons were pushing it home while his wife and daughter remained in the truck at around 11:30 p.m. On CR 144 near CR 712C in Alvin when Banda's Chevy Malibu hit them.
David Jr., 12, was declared dead at the scene. Caleb, 11, was flown by LifeFlight to Memorial Hermann where he later died.
Banda was found in the passenger's seat of the Malibu shot in the head.
After the trial, Barajas said the verdict hadn't sunk in yet. He said the trial added to the pain of his loss.
"I'm hurt about it, it hurt me from the beginning on top of the hurt I was already feeling losing my sons," Barajas said.
Barajas said he will now be able to move forward with his life.