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. Based on a tip provided by King, the police apprehended Eric Black and Larry Woodruffe and charged them with the murder.
Jazmine was shot the morning of December 30 as she sat in the back seat of her mother's vehicle during a trip to Joe V's Smart Shop.
"Investigators do not believe Jazmine's family was the intended target of the shooting", authorities said.
"At this time, investigators do not believe Jazmine's family was the intended target of the shooting, and that they were possibly shot as a result of mistaken identity", investigators explained.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said he believes the family's initial description of the shooter was honest and the man in the red truck was likely a bystander who left the scene of the shooting.More news: Australian police arrest man over suspicious packages sent to embassies and consulates
Washington initially described the shooter as a white man in his 30s or 40s driving a red pickup truck, but both Woodruffe and Black are African-American.
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. The 7-year-old was fatally shot December 30 as she and her mother were headed to a local Walmart. Both men were taken into custody on Saturday after police received a tip from activist Shaun King, who said one of his "confidential informants" had identified the suspects.
Black said the gun used in the shooting was at his home, the affidavit says.
Then in 2015 he was caught with drugs and a day after a judge ordered a community supervision a woman living with Woodruffe reported he had choked her.
Jazmine died at the scene and her mother, LaPorsha Washington, suffered a gunshot wound to the arm.More news: Bayern Confirm They Want To Sign Chelsea Attacker
The heartbreaking murder of Jazmine captured the attention of the country, including community activists and celebrities, as the search for her killer went on for a week. In a May Facebook post and tweet, King publicly named and accused a Dallas police officer of sexually assaulting a civil rights attorney during a traffic stop. "Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night", a tearful Washington said as she read the poem.
Just eight months later is said to have gone back to prison for misdemeanor trespassing.
Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins pledged his National Football League playoff game check to Jazmine's family.
Her funeral was paid for by retired National Basketball Association player Shaquille O'Neal and veteran Houston police officer Kenneth Miles. Hopkins said it was to help the family with funeral costs, too, and hospital bills for Jazmine's mother or other family needs.More news: Jurgen Klopp blames windy conditions for Liverpool's FA Cup defeat at Wolves