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):
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.
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.