The Associated Press reports that a man has denied his involvement in the killing of a Houston girl. Larry D. Woodruffe, 24, is has pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of being involved in a drive-by shooting that claimed the life of a 7-year-old girl. He has been charged with capital murder, along with one other man for the December 30 shooting. The victim was riding in a car with her mother and three sisters when someone in another vehicle opened fire on them.
The family of the victim told investigators the shooter was white and drove a red truck. However, tips called in to police led to the arrest of Woodruffe and another man, Eric Black Jr., 20, who was driving an SUV.
Woodruffe claims he wasn’t in the SUV when the shooting occurred. The gun used in the crime was discovered at Black’s home. Prosecutors claim the pair thought they were shooting at a group they got into a fight with at a club a few hours beforehand.
Investigators believe both men may belong to a gang. Woodruffe has a history of criminal conduct, including arrests for drug possession and assault on a family member.
Defense attorneys have requested that Woodruffe’s trial be moved outside of Houston due to the massive amounts of media coverage on the shooting.
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