JACKSON, Ms. (WJTV) - UPDATE (5/22/17 3:22 P.M.) A judge has denied bail to three Mississippi people accused of killing a 6-year-old boy.
Madison County Justice Court Judge Bruce McKinley sent co-defendants Byron McBride Jr., Dwan Wakefield Jr. and D’Allen Washington back to jail until at least a late June hearing.
District Attorney Michael Guest told reporters after the hearing that prosecutors haven’t decided yet whether they will seek the death penalty against McBride.
The other two are ineligible for the death penalty because they were younger than 18 when the crime was committed.
The three men are accused in the Thursday shooting death of Kingston Frazier. Frazier was asleep in the back of his mother’s car when it was stolen.
Court papers show Wakefield told investigators McBride stole the car and shot Frazier.
UPDATE (5/22/17 10:20 A.M.) Three Mississippi teenagers charged with capital murder in the shooting death of a 6-year-old boy are expected to make initial court appearances.
Nineteen-year-old Byron McBride and 17-year-olds Dwan Wakefield and D’Allen Washington were arrested in the shooting death of Kingston Frazier. Authorities say Frazier was found dead in his mother’s car Thursday, hours after the vehicle was stolen from outside a Jackson supermarket with the child inside.
A judge is expected to decide Monday whether to set bail and also will appoint lawyers to any of the three who lack one.
A special investigator’s sworn statement obtained by The Associated Press says Wakefield told police that McBride stole the car and killed Frazier. Though all three are charged with capital murder, authorities say only McBride could face the death penalty.
UPDATE (5/19/17 9:30 A.M.) A kidnapping investigation ended Thursday morning tragically.
Authorities said 6-year-old Kingston Frazier was in the backseat of his mom’s car when the car was stolen.
An Amber Alert was issued for the missing boy and was canceled several hours later after police had said he was found dead in Madison County.
Law enforcement officers named two persons of interest in this case, 18-year-olds DeAllen Washington and Dwan Wakefield.
The Madison County Superintendent Dr. Ronnie McGehee said Wakefield is an 11th grader at Ridgeland High. He also said he is a former member of the football team.
A little after 4 p.m., WJTV 12 learned that a 3rd person of interest, Byron McBride, had been picked up for questioning in Madison County by U.S. Marshals.
The three are facing capital murder charges.
According to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, this all started around 1 a.m. Authorities say Kingston was sitting in a silver 2000 Toyota Camry at the Kroger on I-55 in Jackson when someone stole it.
Hinds County investigators said Kingston’s mom reportedly left the Toyota running with him inside when she ran into the store.
We’re told two men in a 2-door Honda pulled up to the silver Toyota Camry. One of the men got out of the 2-door and got into the Camry and took off.
Authorities found the stolen Toyota on Gluckstadt Road Thursday morning. Authorities said a deceased child was found in the back seat with a gunshot wound.
Family members said Kingston was looking forward to this day. Today was the day of his promotion ceremony at North Jackson Elementary.
Law enforcement officers said this is an on-going multijurisdictional investigation.
Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber issued a statement:
“At this time, we all share the sentiment of a broken heart for Kingston and his family. It is important that we express and assure, that as a City, there is no tolerance on any level for acts of violence against children. Now is the time for Jacksonians to unite under the banner of love and restoration. The bereaved family is in our prayers as we continue to seek justice for Kingston.”
The second person of interest, 18-year-old DeAllen Washington, is in custody according to law enforcement officers.
The Jackson Public School District is asking the public to keep the family of Kingston Frazier in their prayers:
UPDATE: WJTV’s Malary Pullen reports a SWAT team went into a Jackson home as the search continues for the second person of interest wanted for questioning in the shooting death of a Mississippi child.
UPDATE: 05/18/2017 12:58pm As the community mourns the death of a murdered child, police continue to search for a person of interest in the case after another was taken into custody earlier today.
Prayers lifted for our school friends in @JPSDistrict as our community mourns the unnecessary loss of JPS student Kingston Frazier.— Madison Co. Schools (@mcsinfo) May 18, 2017
Multi jurisdictional investigation underway: JPD, Hinds County SO, MHP/MBI and Madison County SO will work collectively on this case. https://t.co/1KeP8CiiAT— Jackson Police Dept. (@JacksonMSPolice) May 18, 2017
Stolen Toyota linked to the auto theft/kidnapping from Kroger on I-55 was located in Madison County. A deceased child is in the backseat.— Jackson Police Dept. (@JacksonMSPolice) May 18, 2017
The unoccupied Honda Civic has been recovered at an undisclosed location and in the possession of law authorities. https://t.co/iXmmjOX9CO— Jackson Police Dept. (@JacksonMSPolice) May 18, 2017
UPDATE: 05/18/2017 7:43am Police say a second vehicle is involved. It is a silver Honda with a dented rear passenger side. The vehicle is a 2014 Honda Civic coupe with Mississippi license plate. The vehicle has a dent on the rear passenger side.
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