Man charged with murder in Houston girl’s death – National News


HOUSTON (AP) — Prosecutors said Sunday that the shooting death of a 7-year-old girl as she rode in her family’s vehicle stemmed from a case of mistaken identity.

Prosecutors charged 20-year-old Eric Black Jr. in the Dec. 30 death of Jazmine Barnes. Family and community activists had previously said they believed the death was racially motivated since the victim was African-American, and investigators had been searching for a white man with blue eyes who was driving a red pickup.

Black is also African-American.

During a court hearing early Sunday, prosecutors said Black admitted to investigators that he was driving a vehicle in which a passenger opened fire on the car Jazmine was in. The vehicle he said he was driving was a dark-colored Kia SUV.

Prosecutors did not immediately explain the…

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