Friday, 18 January, 2019

Second Suspect Charged in Killing of 7-Year-Old Jazmine Barnes

Second suspect identified in shooting of 7-year-old report says Suspects Arrested in Shooting Death of 7-Year-Old Jazmine Barnes
Melinda Barton | 10 January, 2019, 17:44

Woodruffe was initially booked into the Harris County Jail on a felony drug possession charge, but officials said Tuesday that homicide investigators have filed a capital murder charge against him.

A tip helped authorities identify Larry Demetricus Woodruffe, 24, and Eric Black Jr., 20, as suspects in the December 30 shooting.

Woodruffe was charged as Jazmine's funeral took place Tuesday afternoon, attended by thousands of people at the Community of Faith Church in Houston.

Woodruffe, 24, has been charged with capital murder after the little girl was gunned down in her mother's vehicle in Houston, Texas as they drove to a grocery store.

After Black Lives Matter activist and Intercept columnist Shaun King implied that a man unconnected with the murder of a young girl may have committed the crime, the man's family claim they received death threats on social media.

Authorities say Woodruffe and Black mistakenly thought they were attacking people they had previously fought at a club when they fired at the auto with Jazmine and her family.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said Sunday that a white male who one of Jazmine's sisters saw at the scene was likely a bystander and potential witness to the attack.

But after a week of searching, an anonymous tip led to the arrest of Eric Black Jr.

Woodruffe, 24, will be in court Wednesday morning.

During the funeral, Jazmine's mother, LaPorsha Washington, read a poem one of her aunts had written from the point of view of the little girl. Jazmine, who would have turned 8 next month, was shot in the head and killed.

Prosecutors said he confessed to driving the auto from which Jazmine was shot, and a gun found in his home matched the eight shell casings found at the scene.

Then in 2015 he was caught with drugs and a day after a judge ordered a community supervision a woman living with Woodruffe reported he had choked her. As the service began, Jazmine's mother told her family, "Y'all ready?"

"I just want everyone to back off", she said.

Hundreds gathered Saturday to honor Jazmine outside the Walmart near where she was killed.

"I believe - and having written hate crime legislation, knowing the criteria, I believe that this should be looked at as a hate crime", Jackson Lee said Friday.

Reports say O'Neal and Houston Senior Police Officer Kenneth Miles brought a cashier's check to Jazmine's family last week, but he isn't the only superstar offering a hand. Hopkins said it was to help the family with funeral costs, too, and hospital bills for Jazmine's mother or other family needs.