The Latest: Suspect in Texas girl's death to be in court

The Latest: Suspect in Texas girl's death to be in court
FILE - In this undated file photo, Shaun King poses where he was the lead pastor of Courageous Church in Midtown Atlanta. Acting on a tip received by civil rights activist King, the Harris County Sheriff's Office has made an arrest in the case of a 7-year-old girl who was killed in a drive-by shooting. (Vino Wong/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a suspect in the fatal shooting of a 7-year-old girl in Houston (all times local):

9 a.m.

A man arrested in connection to a drive-by shooting that killed a 7-year-old girl is scheduled to make his first court appearance in Houston.

Prosecutors have charged 20-year-old Eric Black Jr. with capital murder in the death of Jazmine Barnes, who was killed while in a car with her mother and sisters on Dec. 30.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez announced the charge Sunday. Gonzalez said a second suspect has been identified, but he declined to say if the person was in custody. He says both suspects are black.

Gonzalez says the killing was a case of mistaken identity and not a hate crime, as had been asserted by some people in the community. Jazmine was black, and authorities initially said the suspected shooter was a white man.

Black is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

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12 a.m.

Activists are praising Houston area law enforcement for pursuing a tip that led to the arrest of an African-American man in the fatal drive-by shooting of a 7-year-old black girl.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez announced Sunday that prosecutors had charged 20-year-old Eric Black Jr. with capital murder in the death of Jazmine Barnes on Dec. 30.

Gonzalez says the killing was not a hate crime, as asserted by some in the community, but a case of mistaken identity.

He says a second suspect has been identified, also black, but declined to say if the person is in custody.

The tip came from a New York-based social activist and writer who had helped raise money for a reward leading to information in the case.