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Man charged with murder in death of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes

07 January, 2019, 07:16 | Author: Ted Wilson
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Jazmine's death was publicized in part by the efforts of activist Shaun King, civil rights lawyer Lee Merritt, who represents the family, and numerous celebrities.

They do not believe Jazmine's family was the intended target and say the shooting may have been a case of mistaken identity.

"Y'all giving them so much strength", Washington said.

Jazmine and her three sisters were still in their pajamas when they piled into their mother's vehicle the morning of December 30. On Saturday, hundreds gathered at a rally near where the shooting happened, holding balloons, stuffed animals and signs that read, "Justice for Jazmine". Authorities now believe the pickup driver, from which the sketch was made, was actually just a witness. And he was driving another vehicle, the Kia, at the time of his arrest.

When Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez released the composite sketch on Thursday, he noted that the suspect was described as having pale skin, blue eyes, and a thin build.

Investigators say have not yet determined a motive, including whether race might have played a role.

A major twist in the killing of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes is breaking as the Harris County Sheriff says it has "persons of interest" in custody. The investigation is now ongoing with a possible second suspect.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said the arrest "should serve as a warning to all violent offenders who prey on our community" that they will be arrested eventually.

Texas police have arrested a man suspected of driving the getaway vehicle in the drive-by killing of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes.

Chris Sevilla said in a brief telephone interview Sunday he was feeling "a bit of relief" after an arrest in the slaying of his daughter, Jazmine Barnes.

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Authorities have not released details on the suspected shooter, but said they will release more details on the case Sunday afternoon. Black, 20, is African American.

Prosecutors said Black admitted to driving the auto used during the shooting.

However, both men police apprehended are black.

The family of Jazmine Barnes had believed her death had been racially motivated.

"Defendant Black stated that LW began firing out of the passenger side of the vehicle", a prosecutor stated during a probable cause hearing. "However, all the information up until yesterday has been that the shooter was an older white male in a red truck, that came from not only one of the victims, 15-year-old Alexis, but from an eyewitness nearby".

The sheriff's office filed charges of Capital Murder with the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

It was not immediately clear if the other suspect, Larry W., has been arrested.

A man was charged with capital murder for the killing of a 7-year-old who was fatally shot inside a moving auto last month while out with her family in Texas, police said Sunday. Investigators identified Black as a suspect after receiving a tip, the office said in a statement. Prosecutors said the 9 mm handgun believed used in the shooting had been recovered from Black's home.

Gonzalez said Sunday that the sheriff's office received up to a thousand tips in the case.

Prosecutors said Black admitted to investigators that he was driving a rented Kia sedan when his passenger opened fire on Jazmine's family's auto. The shooting occurred as the family was heading to the store. A rally in Houston on Saturday attracted about 1,000 people.


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