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

January 9, 2019

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

The documented gang member who belongs to the Five Deuce Hoover Crips was charged Tuesday with capital murder.

Woodruffe, a 24-year-old former janitor and father of three, was identified by an anonymous tipster and was arrested during a traffic stop Saturday for possession of drugs.

He faces the same level of culpability as the suspected driver, 20-year-old Eric Black Jr., who was charged over the weekend and appeared in court Monday.

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The capital charges filed against both men cap more than a week of intense investigation and calls for the public’s assistance after Barnes was killed in the early morning hours of Dec. 30 as she rode in the back seat of her mother’s car.

Prosecutors said Barnes, her mother and sisters were the innocent victims of an unprovoked shooting in which at least eight shots were fired in a case of mistaken identity.

It is unclear from court records whether he will appear Wednesday before state District Judge George Powell or Thursday before judge Nikita Harmon.

On Monday, Harmon ordered that Black be held without bail on a charge of capital murder.

Woodruffe will likely be held without bail as well, which is typical for a capital murder case in Harris County. If convicted, he could face life in prison without parole or the death penalty. The decision whether to seek death is generally made months after an arrest when all the evidence has been analyzed.

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