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Police: 3 men stole car, killed 6-year-old in back seat

  • This Madison County Detention Center booking photograph taken Thursday, May 18, 2017 shows Tyreek Washington. Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest announced at a news conference that authorities plan to charge Washington, Dwan Wakefield, and Byron McBride,in the death of 6-year old Kingston Frazier. Authorities found Frazier shot at least once in the back seat of his mother's stolen car, which Jackson Police Cmdr. Tyree Jones said was abandoned in a muddy ditch about 15 miles (20 kilometers) north of Jackson, Miss. (Madison County Sheriff's Office via AP) Madison County Sheriff's Office

  • This Madison County Detention Center booking photograph taken Thursday, May 18, 2017 shows Byron McBride. Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest announced at a news conference that authorities plan to charge McBride, Dwan Wakefield, and Tyreek Washington,in the death of 6-year old Kingston Frazier. Authorities found Frazier shot at least once in the back seat of his mother's stolen car, which Jackson Police Cmdr. Tyree Jones said was abandoned in a muddy ditch about 15 miles (20 kilometers) north of Jackson, Miss. (Madison County Sheriff's Office via AP) Madison County Sheriff's Office

  • This Madison County Detention Center booking photograph taken Thursday, May 18, 2017 shows Dwan Wakefield. Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest announced at a news conference that authorities plan to charge Wakefield, Byron McBride, and D'Allen Washington and Dwan Wakefield in the death of 6-year old Kingston Frazier. Authorities found Frazier shot at least once in the back seat of his mother's stolen car, which Jackson Police Cmdr. Tyree Jones said was abandoned in a muddy ditch about 15 miles (20 kilometers) north of Jackson, Miss. (Madison County Sheriff's Office via AP) Madison County Sheriff's Office

  • Family members carry a grief stricken Ebony Archie, mother of Kingston Frazier, after learning the young boy was found dead after being kidnapped during the theft of his mother's vehicle from a Kroger parking lot, Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Jackson, Miss. (Elijah Baylis/The Clarion-Ledger via AP) Elijah Baylis

  • Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker, center, leans forward and speaks about the interdepartmental cooperation by the agencies of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, the Madison County Sheriff's Department, Hinds County Sheriff's Department and the City of Jackson Police Department in pursuing individuals believed to be involved in the car jacking of a vehicle from a grocery store parking lot in Jackson, Miss., early Thursday, May 18, 2017 and the subsequent murder of its passenger, 6-year-old Kingston Frazier, at an afternoon news conference. Tucker declined to say when the three individuals would be formally charged. Flanking Tucker are Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason, left, and Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) Rogelio V. Solis

  • Walter Williams reacts to the news that his grandson Kingston Frazier was found dead after being kidnapped during the theft of his mother's vehicle from a Kroger parking lot Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Jackson, Miss. (Elijah Baylis/The Clarion-Ledger via AP) Elijah Baylis

  • Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker, center, leans forward and speaks about the interdepartmental cooperation by the agencies of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, the Madison County Sheriff's Department, Hinds County Sheriff's Department and the City of Jackson Police Department in pursuing individuals believed to be involved in the car jacking of a vehicle from a grocery store parking lot in Jackson, Miss., Thursday, May 18, 2017 and the subsequent murder of its passenger, 6-year-old Kingston Frazier, at an afternoon news conference. Tucker declined to say when the three individuals would be formally charged. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) Rogelio V. Solis

  • Martin Archie carries a grief stricken Ebony Archie, mother to Kingston Frazier, down a case of stairs after learning her young son was found dead after being kidnapped during the theft of his mother's vehicle from a Kroger parking lot Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Jackson, Miss. (Elijah Baylis/The Clarion-Ledger via AP) Elijah Baylis

  • Family members react after finding out the news that Kingston Frazier was found dead after being kidnapped during the theft of his mother's vehicle from a Kroger parking lot Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Jackson, Miss. (Elijah Baylis/The Clarion-Ledger via AP) Elijah Baylis

  • Family members react after learning that Kingston Frazier was found dead after being kidnapped during the theft of his mother's vehicle from a Kroger parking lot Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Jackson, Miss. (Elijah Baylis/The Clarion-Ledger via AP) Elijah Baylis

  • Family member Martin Archie, left, comforts Ruby Archie, after learning that Kingston Frazier, 6, was found dead after being kidnapped during the theft of his mother's vehicle from a Kroger parking lot, Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Jackson, Miss. (Elijah Baylis/The Clarion-Ledger via AP) Elijah Baylis

  • A procession of law enforcement vehicles follow a Mississippi Highway Patrol tow truck hauling away a vehicle from a dead end road in Gluckstadt, Miss., Thursday morning, May 18, 2017, where 6-year-old Kingston Frazier was shot to death after the car he was riding in was stolen early, from a grocery store parking lot in Jackson. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) Rogelio V. Solis

  • A Mississippi Highway Patrol tow truck hauls away a vehicle from a dead end road in Gluckstadt, Miss., Thursday morning, May 18, 2017, where 6-year-old Kingston Frazier was shot to death after the car he was riding in was stolen early, from a grocery store parking lot in Jackson. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) Rogelio V. Solis

  • A Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper, left, and a Madison County Deputy, right, confer while they wait for a Mississippi Highway Patrol tow truck to remove a vehicle from a dead end road in Gluckstadt, Miss., Thursday morning, May 18, 2017, where 6-year-old Kingston Frazier was shot to death after the car he was riding in was stolen early, from a grocery store parking lot in Jackson. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) Rogelio V. Solis



Associated Press
Friday, May 19, 2017

GLUCKSTADT, Miss. — Three young Mississippi men were arrested hours after a 6-year-old boy was found shot dead in his mother’s stolen car and the suspects will be charged with capital murder, authorities said.

Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest announced at a news conference Thursday that authorities plan to charge Byron McBride, D’Allen Washington and Dwan Wakefield in the death of the child.

Authorities found Kingston Frazier shot at least once in the back seat of his mother’s stolen car, which Jackson Police Cmdr. Tyree Jones said was abandoned in a muddy ditch about 15 miles (20 kilometers) north of the city.

Frazier had gone missing after 1 a.m. Thursday when a man was seen on video taking the car from the parking lot of a supermarket in Jackson, the state capital, authorities said. About nine hours later, following a child-abduction alert and widespread publicity, a man reported the missing Toyota Camry was beside a dead-end road in the northern suburb of Gluckstadt.

Authorities publicly disclosed the boy’s death Thursday morning while surrounded by grieving family members.

“A 6-year-old is gone,” said Kingston’s cousin, Kolby Irby. “His mother has to deal with this. That’s her baby.”

The three suspects were arrested within hours of the child’s body being found, authorities said, adding video and a witness helped identify them.

Authorities said Washington and Wakefield are both 17. McBride’s age was not immediately released.

In Mississippi, 17-year-olds accused of capital murder are tried as adults. The capital murder charge means prosecutors could seek the death penalty if the three are convicted, Guest said.

The district attorney also said it was possible the charges might change, adding the three are expected to make initial court appearances on Monday.

One lawyer said he is not yet officially representing one of them and declined requests for comment. Guest said the other two do not yet have lawyers.

Authorities did not answer questions at the news conference with reporters, and it’s unclear what role each of the three suspects is alleged to have played.

Wakefield was a quarterback last year at a high school in Madison County, north of Jackson, county Superintendent Ronnie McGehee told The Clarion-Ledger. McGehee also said Wakefield had been dismissed from the team but didn’t elaborate.

The mother, Ebony Archie, left the boy in the car, its engine running, while she went inside the supermarket early Thursday, sheriff’s deputies have said. The store’s parking lot is patrolled by sheriff’s deputies, including one in a golf cart.

Security video shows that after Archie left, another car drove up and a man got out and then drove off in the Camry.

A child abduction alert was played repeatedly on local newscasts and police and family members issued public appeals for help.

The child’s body was taken for an autopsy at the state crime lab and the car was towed away by police as they continue to investigate.