Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Second Man Charged With Capital Murder In Jazmine Barnes' Death

Second Man Charged With Capital Murder In Jazmine Barnes' Death

The Harris County Sheriff's Office announced on Tuesday (January 8) that a capital murder charge was filed against Larry Woodruffe in the shooting death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes. The Harris County Sheriff's Office said the 24-year-old Woodruffe was charged Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, with capital murder in the December 30 slaying of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes. Woodruffe is now in jail on drug possession charges unrelated to the shooting, but is under investigation for this crime.

Authorities said Black confessed to having a role in the shooting, which was believed to have been a case of mistaken identity in which Black and Woodruffe targeted the wrong vehicle in northeast Houston. "King wrote Sunday on Instagram that he received the tip on January 3 that a 20-year-old black man named Eric Black Jr. and another man had shot Barnes".

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. Washington and her 6-year-old daughter were injured but Jazmine died at the scene.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said he believes the family didn't lie to investigators, but rather mistakenly identified a witness as the gunman.

Black and Woodruffe are both being held in the Harris County jail without bail.

Her funeral ceremony is scheduled for noon today at The Community of faith Church located at 1024 Pinemont Drive in Houston.

Texans star DeAndre Hopkins donated his $29K check from last Saturday's game to support her family.

Harris County officers initially described the shooter as a bearded white male, possibly in his 40s and said they believed the attack was "totally unprovoked".

Social activist Shaun King and civil rights attorney S. Lee Merritt helped raise a $100,000 reward last week for information leading to a break in the case. Purple was Jazmine's favorite color and many of those at the service were dressed in purple. LaPorsha Washington, Jazmine's mother, said she noticed a red or maroon pickup truck stop next to them at a red light. Her other two teen siblings escaped from the auto uninjured.

Just eight months later is said to have gone back to prison for misdemeanor trespassing.

They will have some help though, as National Basketball Association great Shaquille O'Neal has pledged to cover the funeral costs.

"I just want everyone to back off", she said, while acknowledging her uncle's actual crimes. Those in attendance included Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Gonzalez, who both spoke of reducing crime in the area.

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