Second suspect will face murder charge in connection with Jazmine Barnes' killing

Pauline Gross
January 10, 2019

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.

While Black was charged on Sunday with capital murder, Woodruffe was being held in the county jail on a drug charge while authorities prepared a capital murder charge against him.

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

For those who may have missed it, the seven-year-old was in a auto with her mother, LaPorsha Washington, and her three sisters near a Walmart outside of Houston when a now identified gunman opened fire - killing Jazmine instantly, and injuring LaPorsha and Jazmine's six-year-old sister.

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.

Investigators allege Woodruffe was the gunman and Black the getaway driver.

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Other speakers included Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, US Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, whose office is investigating the shooting and who told the crowd, "I look forward to the day where I can truly say rest in peace to Jazmine".

Woodruffe and Black were both taken into custody on Saturday.

Woodruffe, 24, will be in court Wednesday morning. Washington and her 6-year-old daughter were injured but Jazmine died at the scene. Jazmine, who would have turned 8 next month, was shot in the head and killed.

Court records show Woodruffe has a long criminal record, including arrests for assault on a family member, drug possession and being a felon in possession of a firearm. A man pulled his vehicle up next to their auto at around 7 a.m. and opened fire, Jazmine's mother, LaPorsha Washington, said. "I know she's smiling down, and God's going to get the glory out of everything". Police found six other purses in his vehicle, and he was charged with three felony counts of robbery, fraudulent possession of ID, and evading arrest.

Hundreds of mourners gathered Saturday outside the Walmart near where Jazmine was killed. O'Neal and Houston Senior Police Officer Kenneth Miles brought a cashier's check to the family last week to pay for the funeral. Houston Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins has said he'll donate his playoff game check to the family.

A GoFundMe account set up to help cover funeral costs has raised more than $81,900 from almost 3,000 donors.

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