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Teens charged in Kingston Frazier's death to appear in court today

Three suspects charged with capital murder; no bond given 4
Posted at 12:41 PM, May 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-22 12:41:00-04

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Law enforcement sources have identified 19-year-old Byron McBride as the person who pulled the trigger, killing 6-year-old Kingston Frazier. 

Madison County Coroner Alex Breeland has confirmed that the autopsy for 6-year-old Kingston Frazier has been completed. He says the little boy died from multiple gunshot wounds but he declined to tell us where on his body he was shot. 

"There were multiple gunshots and there was some trauma to the head," Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker told us.

19-year-old Byron McBride, 17-year-old DeAllen Washington and 17-year-old Dwan Diondro Wakefield have all been arrested and charged with capital murder in the slaying of the child. No bond was given. They will appear in court on Monday.

When asked the location of where the shooting took place, Sheriff Tucker said he couldn't give an exact location, but they couldn't charge an individual with capital murder unless the crime took place within the county.

Sheriff Tucker also revealed that Washington was arrested in 2015 or 2016 for armed robbery and was out on a $25,000 bond and is still under indictment for that. 

Sheriff Tucker continued, saying that District Attorney Michael Guest "is more than prepared to try this case because he personally came to the crime scene yesterday and examined evidence firsthand."

A news conference was held on Thursday evening in which Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason revealed that a deputy was dispatched to the Kroger on I-55 North in Jackson after a witness reported a woman came out of the store reporting that her car was missing with her little boy inside. Deputies then contacted Mississippi Highway Patrol and then the Jackson Police Department.

JPD Commander Tyree Jones says that officers then responded to the scene of the auto theft and kidnapping and were able to obtain information on the vehicles involved in the case. 

A witness contacted police and was able to provide information about the last person seen driving the silver Honda Civic, used by the suspects. Police were able to get a positive identity of the driver, who they confirm is one of the three under arrest. 

It was at that point that MBI issued the Amber Alert and were able to begin assisting in the investigation.

Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker and Madison and Rankin counties District Attorney Michael Guest say that all three suspects in custody for the death have been charged with capital murder. It's possible that through the course of the investigation charges could be changed or modified. All three were given no bond.

McBride was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals in Ridgeland and Washington was taken into custody on Thursday afternoon by Hinds County Sheriff's Deputies.

We were on the scene when Washington was taken in for questioning.

Washington, from Jackson, does have a criminal background. He was arrested in Madison County in 2016 for armed robbery.

WLBT uncovered a picture that was tweeted to Washington from the other man believed to be involved in this heinous crime spree, Dwan Wakefield.

Wakefield, of Ridgeland, was taken into custody on Holmes Avenue in Jackson just before 11 a.m.. We've confirmed that Wakefield attends Ridgeland High School where he played quarterback on the football team. 

Madison County Schools Superintendent Ronnie McGehee said this is a tragic situation on all parts and they are praying for everyone involved.

One Jackson resident spotted Wakefield on the run in a west Jackson neighborhood.

"By the time he came to us, we met him down the street and we were talking to him and he said he was going to turn himself in," said the resident. "I thought about it and I said 'you need to get on the ground'. He didn't want to at first and I said 'you need to get on the ground'."

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Little Kingston Frazier was last seen Thursday morning at about 1:15 in the parking lot of the Kroger before he was allegedly kidnapped.

According to the Hinds County Sheriff's office, his mom, Ebony Archie, arrived at Kroger in her Toyota Camry and ran inside the store for a few minutes. She allegedly left her car running and her son inside the car.

Within a short time, authorities say two subjects in a Honda Civic pulled up to Archie's car. The passenger of the Honda, a 6 foot tall black male, got out of his car and jumped in Archie's car with the child inside. Both cars sped away. 

Police found Frazier dead in the backseat of the stolen Toyota Camry in Gluckstadt sometime before 10 a.m..

The stolen car was found on Gluckstadt Road at a dead end behind the ABC warehouse. It has been taken to the State Crime Lab, along with the body of the little boy who has been taken there for autopsy.

A multi jurisdictional investigation is underway involving Jackson Police Department, Hinds County Sheriff's Office, Mississippi Highway Patrol, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and Madison County Sheriff's Office. All agencies are working collectively on this case.

Little Kingston Frazier was supposed to graduate from kindergarten Thursday from North Jackson Elementary School.

"Kingston was one of our kindergarten scholars," said North Jackson Elementary School's Principal, Kimberly Smith. "He was a very fun-loving child. He was everybody's baby. He was a sweet child to be around. He was Kingston."

"He didn't get to see the rest of his young life developed," said Koretta Collins, who has an 8-year-old at North Jackson Elementary. 

Tonya Harden says her daughter was friends with Kingston.

"She's heartbroken, I'm gonna have to really talk to her," sighed Harden. "I think it's going to make me hug my baby and my grandkids a little bit tighter."

The graduation ceremony went on as scheduled, but was far more bitter than sweet. Especially, says Principal Smith, for Kingston's mother.

"I cannot imagine how she feels right now," said Principal Smith. "I can't imagine."

JPS says they will be offering grief counseling for students and staff at the school

And for Kingston Frazier's parents, Principal Smith said, "Whatever North Jackson can do for the family, we will be there. All she has to do is let us know - she doesn't even have to ask. Just let us know, and we're there."

Principal Smith says the school is not going to discuss details of the crime with students - that's up to parents to decide how they want to handle that task.