Dwan Wakefield, 17, D’Allen Washington, 17, and Byron McBride, 19, have been charged with capital murder in the death of Kingston Frazier, who was found fatally shot in the head on Thursday in his mother’s car.
The three suspects did not enter pleas during a court appearance on Monday at the Madison County Justice Court in Canton, Mississippi. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for late June.
Last week, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Rusty Clark said in the affidavit that Dwan Wakefield of Ridgeland told him and another investigator that his pal Byron McBride of Pickens was at fault: “During this interview, Wakefield implicated Byron McBride as the person who actually stole the vehicle and shot and killed Frazier,” Clark’s statement said.
Though all three men are charged with capital murder, only the shooter, 19-year-old Bryon McBride could face the death penalty. The U.S. Supreme Court outlawed the death penalty for crimes committed by people younger than 18 in 2005.
District Attorney Michael Guest told reporters, Monday that he was weighing the death penalty for McBride: “I think there is a great desire to see justice is served in this case,” Guest said outside of the courthouse.
“If it appears that justice will be observed by seeking the death penalty, then our office will definitely go forward on that.”
Kingston Frazier was left by his mother sleeping in the back of her Toyota Camry early on Thursday when she went into a Kroger grocery store. A Honda Civic drove up and a passenger got out and jumped into the Camry before both cars sped off, police said.
Police found the kidnapped boy dead in the back of the abandoned Camry about eight hours later beside a dead-end road in the northern suburb of Gluckstadt in rural Madison County road about 10 miles from the store. Family members carry a grief-stricken Ebony Archie, mother of Kingston Frazier after the death of her son was confirmed, Thursday
Kingston Frazier was shot multiple times, including once in the head, the Clarion-Ledger reported. Cops say the vehicle was abandoned in a muddy ditch about 15 miles north of where he was taken.
The young victim was set to graduate from kindergarten just hours after he was killed.
Video from the scene and a witness helped identify suspects McBride, Washington and Wakefield.
Law enforcement sources identified McBride was the shooter.