Man charged with murder in shooting death of Jazmine Barnes

Leroy Wright
January 8, 2019

Prosecutors and a lawyer for Jazmine's family, S. Lee Merritt, named the second suspect as Larry Woodruffe, 24, who is also black and was at the Harris County jail on Sunday on a drug possession charge.

Prosecutors say he was driving the vehicle that pulled alongside the Barnes family auto and that someone else shot into the auto. Black told investigators "LW" - identified in court only as "Larry" - was seated in the front passenger seat of a rental auto and fired at the vehicle carrying Jazmine.

Black activist John Marsden, who had joined the search for Jazmine's attacker, said he had difficulty accepting that the suspect was black. Officials said Black later admitted to the shooting.

Authorities said they acted upon a tip to determine Black was a suspect, eventually taking him into custody in East Harris County.

Jazmine will also be honored Tuesday in a "Justice for Jazmine Barnes Community Rally" honoring homicide victims in Harris County, according to organizers.

Prosecutors said Barnes was killed as a product of mistaken identity.

"Investigators are continuing to pursue evidence that could possibly lead to other suspects being charged in this case". They've worked on several cases together over the years, including the killing of Antwon Rose II, a black teenager killed by police outside Pittsburgh in June. Police now believe that person was simply fleeing from the sound of gunfire. Although it wasn't immediately clear what "new direction" meant, police said they would hold a press briefing on the case Sunday afternoon. He also said the white man in the red truck described by eyewitnesses was not the shooter and probably fearing for his life. Let me tell you the story of the red truck and how it came to be the focus of this investigation. "Up until this point, at least four independent witnesses and a composite sketch had identified the primary suspect as a 40-something-year-old white male".

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20, was arrested Saturday in a traffic stop for not using his turn signal.

Police are still looking for the driver of the pickup truck as a witness to the event, Gonzalez said.

"I feel some relief 'cause now my baby's got justice", Cevilla said.

"We are out here to support her because being a family and to lose your daughter as in a situation like this is a tragedy", said one attendee. Individuals with revelatory information are thereby encouraged to dial 713-222-TIPS or 713-221-6000 if they have anything of soluble details that would better their investigative efforts.

Anyone with information that may prove helpful to this ongoing investigation is urged to contact Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS or 713-221-6000. Her funeral is at noon.

DeAndre Hopkins, a wide receiver for the NFL's Houston Texans, pledged his check from the Texans' playoff game on Saturday to help Jazmine's family cover funeral expenses.

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