Second Man Charged With Capital Murder In Jazmine Barnes' Death

Erika Holt
January 11, 2019

Despite the sad occasion, there was still a glimmer of hope for justice as the Harris County Sherriff's Office charged Larry D. Woodruffe, 24, with capital murder for the deadly shooting, according to the Associated Press.

The Harris County District Attorney's Office said it will decide later whether to pursue the death penalty against either Black or Woodruffe.

Hailey Cantrell, niece of the falsely accused Robert Cantrell, told ABC News that she and her family are still receiving threats online - even after the arrests and confessions of two other suspects in the Houston, Texas murder case.

Once Black was in custody, investigators discovered he had also been identified by an anonymous tipster as one of two suspects rumored to be involved in the shooting death of the second grader.

Investigators believe Woodruffe and Black attacked the auto Barnes was riding in because they mistakenly thought it was occupied by people they'd fought at a nightclub hours earlier. Jazmine's family had identified a white man as the shooter.

Eric Black Jr., left, and Jazmine Barnes, right, are seen in photos distributed by CNN Wire.

The murder charge follows the indictment of 20-year-old Eric Black Jr., the second suspect in the attack, also for capital murder.

Community leaders commended investigators for working with activists to track down the suspected killers, but said the discovery that the shooting wasn't racially motivated didn't make Barnes' killing any less tragic.

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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.

Woodruffe has six prior convictions, including pleading guilty to choking a girlfriend, drug possession and being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to court records.

Jazmine was shot the morning of December 30 as she sat in the back seat of her mother's vehicle during a trip to Joe V's Smart Shop.

Jazmine died at the scene and her mother, LaPorsha Washington, suffered a gunshot wound to the arm.

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

Jazmine's white casket was draped with purple flowers. Please do not be unhappy just because I'm just outside of sight.

"I just want everyone to like, back off", she told the station. They shined through moments of darkness at the funeral. Those in attendance included Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Gonzalez, who both spoke of reducing crime in the area.

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