UPDATE: Judge denies bail for 3 men in 6-year-old's shooting death

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.

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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.

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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.”

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UPDATE: 05/18/2017 2:43pm The second person of interest, 18-year-old DeAllen Washington, is in custody according to law enforcement officers.

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UPDATE: 05/18/2017 1:54pm The Jackson Public School District is asking the public to keep the family of Kingston Frazier in their prayers:

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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.

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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.

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UPDATE: 05/18/2017 11:31am  One person of interest is in custody in connection with the kidnapping of Kingston Frazier and authorities are looking for a second person who is wanted for questioning, according to the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department.

Major Pete Luke said they are looking for 18-year-old DeAllen Washington.

Luke said 18-year-old Dwan Wakefield was taken into custody before 11 a.m. Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Washington is asked to contact the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office.

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Body of child found in car, identification pending

UPDATE: 05/18/2017 10:53am The Jackson Police Department (JPD) says that a multi-jurisdictional investigation is underway to find the person or persons responsible for the death of the child, as yet unidentified, found in the backseat of the car stolen from the parking lot of the Kroger on I-55 in Jackson.  The vehicle was found in the Madison County town of Gluckstadt.

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UPDATE: 05/18/2017 10:33am JPD Commander Tyree Jones says that a child has been found dead in the back seat of the vehicle.  It is believed that the child died from a gunshot wound.   Identification is pending.

This post is being updated as we learn more.

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UPDATE: 05/18/2017 10:12am  The Amber Alert for Kingston Frazier has been canceled.

Authorities have blocked off the road near the State of Mississippi Liquor Distribution Center in Gluckstadt. WJTV will continue to provide updates as we get them.

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UPDATE: 05/18/2017 9:43am The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation has canceled the Amber Alert  that was issued for Kingston Frazier. WJTV 12 will provide updates as we get them.

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UPDATE: 05/18/2017 9:23am At this morning’s press conference JPD Chief Lee Vance said that the community needs to come together to find Kingston Frazier. The priority right now, his says, is to find Kingston.  Regarding the stolen car, he says, “We’ll ask those questions later."

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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 MDV 361.  The vehicle has a dent on the rear passenger side.

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 UPDATE: 05/18/2017 6:59am Authorities are still searching for 6-year-old Kingston Frazier.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Car stolen from Kroger on I-55 with 6-year-old inside

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBN) has issued an Amber Alert for 6-year-old Kingston Frazier.

Authorities say Kingston Frazier was sitting in a silver 2000 Toyota Camry with the Mississippi license plate HYX 783 at the Kroger on I-55 in Jackson when someone stole it. The car was stolen around 1 a.m., according to MBN.

Frazier was last seen wearing a white tank top, khaki shorts and gold Jordan tennis shoes. We’re told he is 3′ 9″ tall, and he weighs about 40 pounds. He has black, curly hair and brown eyes.

That Toyota Camry was last seen traveling south on I-55 toward Northside Drive.

The suspects in this case are two black men.

Authorities need your help locating Kingston Frazier. If you’ve seen him or the silver Toyota Camry, call police immediately. You can also call the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation at 855-642-5378.

We’re told that the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department is leading the search for Frazier. Jackson Police say they are assisting.

 


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