A 20-year-old man has been charged with capital murder in the death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes, who was shot in the head when a gunman opened fire on her family's car in Houston last week in what investigators believe was a case of "mistaken identity."
A second man, Larry Woodruffe, 24, has also been taken into custody, the Barnes family's lawyer, Civil Rights Lawyer Lee Merritt, confirmed. Woodruffe is "believed to be the shooter," according to Merritt. Both Black and Woodruffe are African-American.
Instagram post from Lee Merritt Esq:
I’ll go ahead and state the obvious. 24 y/o Larry Woodruffe doesn’t fit the description offered by the 4 different witness statements or composite sketch. Accordingly, this tip was difficult to believe. Assuming the confession elicited is reliable— it is possible the previously identified suspect seen fleeing by several independent witnesses was a bystanader attempting to escape the shooting. To observers, however, he appeared to be the shooter himself. More information will have to be drawn out before there is a conviction. Nonetheless, the community is collectively responsible for obtaining evidence that has led to a credible arrest and we are closer to answers. That much is laudable. https://www.instagram.com/p/BsSQhcBB9qp/
Yes, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, we are glad that "no one tried to take the law in their own hands."
The white guy in the red pickup probably feels like it's safe enough to come forward with his story, and not suffer a lynching, thank goodness.