2nd suspect will face murder charge in connection with Jazmine Barnes’ killing

Frederick Owens
January 10, 2019

A second black man was charged with murder on Tuesday in the shooting death of an African-American girl in the Houston area, after initial witness descriptions of a white suspect sparked fears of a hate crime.

The sheriff's office corroborated the tip and took Black and Woodruffe into custody on Saturday.

Woodruffe was charged as Jazmine's funeral took place Tuesday.

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.

Woodruffe, 24, will be in court Wednesday morning for the drug case and will have a preliminary hearing in the murder case on Thursday morning, according to online records.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said he believes the family's initial description was honest and the man in the red truck was likely a bystander who left the scene of the shooting.

On Dec. 30, Jazmine Barnes was gunned down on a Houston freeway near a Walmart while in the auto with her family.

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

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Jazmine was shot in the head as her mother drove her and her siblings on a shopping trip.

He and Eric Black Jr, 20 - who authorities say acted as his getaway driver - have now been charged. Gonzalez said that the tipster had approached writer and activist Shaun King days earlier, and King passed the tip on to police. Jazmine's family had identified a white man as the shooter. While Black was charged on Sunday, authorities didn't charge Woodruffe until additional evidence had been collected.

As NPR reported, "Prosecutors say Black and an accomplice mistook the family's vehicle for that of someone they had gotten into an argument with the night before". Woodruffe was previously being held on unrelated drug charges. Officers found a 9mm pistol at the suspects home that was found to be consistent with the shell casing recovered from the crime scene.

Washington thanked everyone who came to honor her daughter, whose birthday is next month, she said.

Hailey says the truth is out and the case has nothing to do with her uncle.

"When Jazmine Barnes was killed I pledged to find who killed her". "I can get up in the morning".

The church planned to livestream the funeral. Houston Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins has said he'll donate his playoff game check to the family.

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