Kingston Frazier fell asleep in the back of the family car on the way to the grocery store. What was supposed to be a quick stop at the local Kroger turned deadly as he was taken along with the car from the parking lot on May 18.
It is not clear when the three teens involved in the car theft discovered there was a child asleep in the backseat. The only things authorities know for sure at this point is the then six-year-old was shot to death by one of the teens. It is believed that the triggerman was 19-year-old Byron McBride. The two other suspects were both 17 at the time of the crime. D’Allen Washington pleaded guilty to a single charge and agreed to testify against the other two. Dwan Wakefield will now face a trial as an adult for his part in the murder. The news that Wakefield is standing trial as an adult was especially bad news for his defense team.
On May 18th, McBride, Washington, and Wakefield traveled to a local Mississippi grocery store parking lot to sell drugs. Between the three of them, they had a bag of weed to sell.
At some point in their trip, McBride noticed an unlocked car running in the grocery store parking lot.
This is where the three crossed paths with Frazier as he slept in the back seat.
This fact is not supported by the statements given by Washington and Wakefield.
The two younger teens contend that they did not know there was a child in the car until after the fact.
McBride has emerged as the shooter in this case. Early on in the investigation, he tried to tell authorities that Washington killed the boy.
This turned out to not fall into alignment with the video surveillance footage from the parking lot or the original statements made by Washington and Wakefield.
When the three teens were arrested for the crime, they were all charged with capital murder. As more evidence emerged and the charges went in front of a grand jury, the charges for Washington and Wakefield changed.
It appears that McBride may have been the only one that knew there was a child in the car before it was taken. He is also the one that the other two suspects stated killed Frazier.
McBride is awaiting trial for the murder. According to Washington and Wakefield, they went to finish their drug sale while McBride drove away with the little boy in the car.
They have both stated they were not in the car when the boy was shot.
While McBride awaits his trial, questions arose as to how the other suspects were to be charged. Because they were both 17 at the time of the crime, it was already established that they were not eligible for the death penalty.
McBride may face the death penalty. Because he was 19 at the time of the murder, there is no issue with him being anything but an adult as far as the trial goes.
Wakefield being 17 when the little boy was killed is a significant issue for many involved with the case. A short time ago, he was certified to face charges as an adult.
Even though Wakefield will stand trial for the boy’s death as an adult, his age will keep the death penalty off the table.
After being certified to stand trial as an adult, Wakefield was charged with kidnapping, theft of a motor vehicle and being an accessory after the fact to murder.
Washington would have faced the same charges had he not agreed to testify against the other two teens. He will testify in exchange for a lesser charge. He faces a single charge of accessory after the fact to kidnapping.
Washington’s attorney contends that his client did not participate in the murder and also did not know until after the fact that the boy was in the car.
This claim is being echoed by Wakefield as well.
Washington is now in custody and is awaiting a sentencing date in May. This may, in fact, be pushed out to allow him to testify against the other suspects.
It is believed that both Wakefield and McBride will stand trial. The Washington testimony could be a turning point in both trials as it establishes how much Wakefield knew about the Frazier shooting and when.