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Accused shooter in 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes death expected in court

January 10, 2019

Larry Woodruffe, the alleged gunman in an early morning drive-by shooting that killed 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes on Dec. 30, is expected to appear in court Thursday.

He is scheduled to appear before state District Judge Nikita Harmon, who ruled on Monday that his co-defendant be held without bail.

Woodruffe, a 24-year-old documented gang member was charged earlier this week with capital murder. The former janitor and father of three, was identified by an anonymous tipster and was arrested during a traffic stop Saturday for possession of drugs.

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On Wednesday, Harmon appointed veteran criminal defense attorney Lisa Andrews, who began filing motions immediately to keep law enforcement from questioning Woodruffe. She also filed a motion to prohibit anyone she has not approved from visiting Woodruffe in jail.

Andrews made headlines in 2012 when she presented evidence in court of incompetence and shoddy handling of drug tests at the county’s probation department, a revelation that led to the ouster of the head of that agency.

Woodruffe faces the same level of culpability as the suspected driver, 20-year-old Eric Black Jr., who was charged over the weekend. Under Texas law both face the possibility of life in prison without parole if convicted. They could also face the death penalty, a decision made by the elected district attorney, usually months after an arrest.

Black was arrested for possessing a firearm with an obliterated number during a traffic stop along Interstate 10 in March 2017, according to Louisiana authorities. He was 18 at the time.

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