2nd suspect charged in Houston girl’s death
HOUSTON (AP) — Investigators say a second black man has been charged in the fatal drive-by shooting of a black, 7-year-old Houston girl, whose death her family had initially believed was racially motivated.
The Harris County Sherriff’s Office say 24-year-old Larry D. Woodruffe was charged Tuesday with capital murder in the Dec. 30 slaying of Jazmine Barnes.
Woodruffe was charged as Jazmine’s funeral took place Tuesday.
Woodruffe and Eric Black Jr. were both taken into custody on Saturday. While Black was charged on Sunday, authorities didn’t charge Woodruffe until additional evidence had been collected.
Authorities say Woodruffe and Black mistakenly thought they were attacking people they’d previously fought at a club when they fired at the car with Jazmine and her family. Jazmine’s family had identified a white man as the shooter.
Initially, multiple witnesses told officers they saw a white man in his 40s fleeing the scene. Investigators later said that man was possibly a bystander who was fleeing after hearing gunshots. A lawyer representing Jazmine’s family said “the family was surprised and relieved by the arrest,” when Black was arrested.
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