Second man charged with capital murder of Jazmine Barnes, 7

10 January, 2019, 17:44 | Author: Wade Massey
  • The casket of Jazmine Barnes 7 is carried into Houston's Community of Faith Church on Tuesday

The Harris County Sheriff's Office say 24-year-old Larry D. Woodruffe was charged Tuesday with capital murder in the December 30 slaying of Jazmine Barnes.

Police arrested Larry D. Woodruffe, 24, on Saturday on a felony drug possession charge, but it wasn't until a few days later that prosecutors said they had enough evidence to charge him for the child's death.

The news came the day Jazmine Barnes' family and thousands of other people packed a church for her funeral.

Barnes' mother, LaPorsha Washington, and three teenagers who were riding in the vehicle at the time were also injured in the shooting.

"Investigators do not believe Jazmine's family was the intended target of the shooting", authorities said.

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.

Woodruffe and Black are not believed to have meant to target Jazmine Barnes and her family and may have thought they were shooting at someone else, the Harris County Sheriff's Office has said.

The shooting was most likely a case of "mistaken identity", Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said Sunday.

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Washington initially described the shooter as a white man in his 30s or 40s driving a red pickup truck, but both Woodruffe and Black are African-American.

Court records did not list an attorney for Woodruffe. Washington and her 6-year-old daughter were injured but Jazmine died at the scene. Jazmine, who would have turned eight next month, was shot in the head and killed. Woodruffe was previously being held on unrelated drug charges. As the service began, Jazmine's mother told her family, "Y'all ready?" The duo - both men were both taken into custody on Saturday - were identified as suspects "based on a tip", officials said.

"When Jazmine Barnes was killed I pledged to find who killed her".

As I pointed out yesterday, it turns out the man pictured, who has not been identified yet, was apparently just a witness who fled the scene in his truck when he heard the shots.

"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.

Houston Texans receiver star DeAndre Hopkins has also said he will donate his $29,000 playoff game check to help with funeral costs. O'Neal and a Houston police officer, Kenneth Miles, brought a cashier's check to the family last week to pay for the funeral.

Numerous speakers at the funeral said they hoped Jazmine's death would help fuel efforts to combat gun violence.

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