Authorities in Texas file charges against suspect in shooting death of 7-year-old girl

Jazmine Barnes, 7-year-old shot and killed by drive-by gunman in Houston, Texas Photo: Family Photo via MGN.
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By: Associated Press
January 6, 2019

HOUSTON (AP) -- Authorities in Texas have filed charges against a suspect in the shooting death of a 7-year-old girl.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office says 20-year-old Eric Black Jr. was charged early Sunday with capital murder in the Dec. 30 slaying of Jazmine Barnes.

Police say they identified the suspect based on a tip that was corroborated by their investigation. Police say Black "admitted to taking part in the shooting" after he was taken into custody.

Investigators had said the case had "taken a new direction" shortly before the charges were announced. Investigators are also saying they have a second suspect in custody.