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

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

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

The Harris County Sheriff's Office announced on Tuesday (January 8) that a capital murder charge was filed against Larry Woodruffe in the shooting death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes.

Jazmine Barnes loved hugs, playing "classroom", and singing louder than the radio. Surveillance video showed a red pickup driven by a white man at a nearby stoplight just before the shooting, but the driver was not involved, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. Afterward, dozens of purple balloons were released into the air as a symbol of the freedom wished for Jazmine as she rests in peace.

Hailey Cantrell says despite the arrests of two suspects in the murder case, as recent as Monday, there have been threatening comments on her Facebook page regarding her uncle, Robert Cantrell.

Authorities said that they believe Woodruffe was the person in an SUV who fired upon Jazmine and her family, killing the girl and injuring her mom.

Jazmine was killed riding in a vehicle with her mother and three sisters more than a week ago. Both suspects are black. He is being held without bail.

Prosecutors say they found a 9mm handgun, believed to be the murder weapon, when they searched Black's home.

An anonymous tipster told police Black and a second person, identified as "L.W." shot at the auto after mistaking it for another one.

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.

Woodruffe has six prior convictions, including for assault, drug possession, and illegal possession of a firearm as a felon, Houston station KHOU reported. He has not been charged in connection with the shooting.

As I pointed out yesterday, it turns out the man pictured, who has not been identified yet, was apparently just a witness who fled the scene in his truck when he heard the shots.

Hundreds gathered Saturday to honor Jazmine outside the Walmart near where she was killed.

Jazmine's case has moved thousands of people across the country. Gonzalez said that the tipster had approached writer and activist Shaun King days earlier, and King passed the tip on to police.

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins pledged his National Football League playoff game check to Jazmine's family.

More than 2,700 people donated to a GoFundMe set up for Jazmine's funeral expenses and family.

"When I see Jazmine Barnes' face, I see my own daughter", he said.

Shaquille O'Neal and Houston Senior Police Officer Kenneth Miles are covering the costs of her funeral.