Man charged with murder in death of 7-year-old Houston girl

Man charged with murder in death of 7-year-old Houston girl

Man charged with murder in death of 7-year-old Houston girl

A 20-year-old man has been charged with capital murder in the death of Jazmine Barnes, the seven-year-old who was killed when a man in a pick-up truck fired into her family's auto as they went to get coffee.

According to Houston ABC affiliate KTRK, the 20-year-old Black confessed to playing a role in the December 30 shooting, on Saturday night after a tip lead Harris County investigators to his arrest.

Eric Black was arrested after Texas Police looked into a tip they'd received from an informant who'd seen the composite sketch making the rounds.

During Sunday's hearing, prosecutors said Jazmine's mother, LaPorsha Washington, had tried to drive to a hospital after the shooting, but one of her front tires had been shot out. Jazmine died at the scene, while her mother was shot in the arm.

A second man, 24-year old Larry Woodruffe, has been arrested as a second suspect in the case.

DeAndre Hopkins, a wide receiver for the Houston Texans, also donated a game check to support Barnes's family, according to KTRK. 'Investigators are continuing to pursue evidence that could possibly lead to other suspects being charged in this case'.

The sheriff declined to name the second person or say if the person was in police custody, citing the pending investigation.

We have also learned where the white suspect in the red truck came from.

He was arrested and is expected to be formally charged with capital murder on Monday.

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Black is being held without bond in the Harris County jail while Woodruff's bond is set at $100,000 pending further investigation.

Investigators say he pulled up alongside the auto Jazmine Barnes was riding in with her family Sunday and fired into the vehicle in the eastern outskirts of Houston. The shooting occurred moments after the family departed a Houston-area Walmart.

Homicide detectives took over the interview and Black allegedly admitted to driving the vehicle as it opened fire on Barnes' vehicle.

"I feel some relief in this because now my baby has got justice and we can probably put her to rest without having to put her to rest and be still on a manhunt looking for a suspect or suspects whatever it may be", Cevilla says.

Investigators released a sketch of the suspect, who was depicted as a white man in his 40s.

Police believe that the killing was a case of mistaken identity, and that Jazmine's family had no prior contact with the suspects.

"We're not gonna rest until we find justice for Jazmine", Gonzalez said.

Jazmine's funeral is due to take place on Tuesday.

In an emotional plea, Jazmine's aunt Sharonica Watt asked her niece's killer to turn himself in.

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