Kingston Frazier was 6 years old when he was shot and killed in Jackson, Mississippi, the night before his kindergarten graduation.
According to earlier reports, around 1:15 a.m. on May 18, Frazier’s mom, Ebony Archie, left a sleeping Frazier in the backseat of her running car while she ran into Kroger.
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Moments after Archie entered the store, a then-unknown vehicle filled with three teenagers pulled up to her car. One of the passengers got into the driver’s seat of Archie’s car and drove off with Frazier still inside.
An Amber Alert was issued for the 6-year-old, and a search ensued. Sadly, around 9:30 a.m., Frazier was found dead in the back of his mom’s car, which had been abandoned behind an ABC Warehouse.
Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker told MSNews Now that an autopsy report confirmed:
“There were multiple gunshots and there was some trauma to the head.”
The three teenagers suspected to be involved in the crime were identified as 17-year-old D’Allen Tyreek Washington, 17-year-old Dwan Diondro Wakefield, and 19-year-old Byron Delance McBride.Madison County Detention Center
They have all been charged with capital murder.
Now, according to MSNews Now, investigators are using the teens’ post-arrest interrogations to try and piece together what exactly happened the night of Frazier’s death.
Trent Weeks, a Mississippi Bureau of Investigation agent, spoke about the suspects’ statements during a probable cause hearing on June 26.
MSNews Now reports that according to Weeks, Wakefield said that he had been told by McBride that Archie’s car belonged to his girlfriend. During their interrogations, Wakefield and Washington said that they weren’t with McBride when Frazier was killed, but that McBride told Wakefield that he was “going to off the kid.”
Weeks testified that according to Wakefield, McBride confirmed to Wakefield that “he killed the kid” and needed Wakefield to pick him up because the stolen vehicle had run out of gas.
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Weeks further testified that following his arrest, McBride attempted to pin the murder on Washington before later admitting that it was he who shot Frazier.
Surveillance video at a local Wendy’s shows Wakefield and Washington parked in a silver vehicle and later at a Shell station after McBride drove off in the stolen car.
Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest said the surveillance video will help determine whether all three teens will remain charged with capital murder. He said the evidence could determine that Wakefield and Washington were not present at the time of the killing and are actually accessories after the fact.
“We do know there was a separation. I think you heard today in the testimony that after the car was taken by McBride, that Wakefield and Washington left the Kroger location. They went and conducted a sale of marijuana. They then went to a local gas station where they were captured on surveillance video there.”
The case will now be turned over to a grand jury.
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The attorneys for both Washington and Wakefield maintain their clients’ innocence. Wakefield’s attorney, Tom Fortner, said during the probable cause hearing:
“I’m sorry that this child got shot and killed. It’s a terrible, terrible, terrible thing, but Dwon Wakefield didn’t commit this crime.”
For his part, Washington’s attorney contended that his client pleaded with McBride to drop the boy off rather than kill him.
Frazier’s family, who did attend the hearing, told the media that all they are asking for is “justice.” They also asked that people keep Washington, Wakefield, and McBride in their prayers as well, because they “have families too.”
Editor’s Note: This article was updated after publication.