JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - May 18, 2017, a six-year-old boy is killed after his mother's car was stolen from a grocery store parking lot.
Friday, May 18, 2018 marks one year since the murder of little Kingston Frazier. His kidnapping and subsequent death captured the attention of the entire nation.
Three men are now accused in his death, but only one is facing murder charges.
Around 4:30 a.m. on the morning of May 18, 2017, cell phones all across the metro area went off.
It was an Amber Alert about a missing little boy who was in the backseat of his mother's car when it stolen from the Kroger parking lot.
6-year-old Kingston Frazier, only hours away from his Kindergarten graduation, would never be seen alive again.
Hours later, the worst possible news was confirmed. The Toyota Camry was found abandoned on Gluckstadt Road in Madison County.
6-year-old Kingston Frazier's body was in the backseat.
He'd been shot to death.
The crime itself? Unthinkable.
A 6-year-old boy murdered after the car thief discovered him in the backseat.
"Day to day, it's really, really, it's hard. It's, it's very hard. It, it's... it's beyond anything that anyone can understand," said Deanna Moore, Kingston's great aunt. "My cousin, she tells me everyday, people don't care until it happens to them. And this happened to everybody. Kingston is everybody. Everybody is 6-years-old at some point in their life."
She says her family is still coping with the horror of Kingston's death and honestly, still searching for answers.
Three suspects were soon arrested in Kingston's murder:
Byron McBride, who was 19 at the time and Dwan Wakefield and D'Allen Washington who were both 17.
Only Byron McBride is charged with capital murder.
Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest is prosecuting this case personally.
"Mr. McBride acted alone and was alone with Kingston Frazier at the time of his death," explained Guest.
And he says, despite the public outcry and the family's desire to see all three suspects facing stiffer charges, the evidence does not support it.
"I know the family is still upset, understandably so, about this, here we are, the eve of the year anniversary of this case, but I will tell you that we are doing all that we can to see that these defendants are charged appropriately, but are charged with the maximum charge that we think that we can charge with."
Surveillance video from the night Kingston was killed shows the three suspects pulling into the parking lot of Kroger at around 1:30 a.m. where Wakefield was supposed to meet someone to sell them a $10 bag of weed.
While they were waiting, investigators believe the trio realized Ebony Archie's Toyota Camry was still running.
McBride is believed to have stolen the car without realizing Kingston was in the backseat.
But for the family, this is where things get muddy.
Court documents show that Dwan Wakefield told investigators that McBride called them after he stole the car and told them there was a child inside.
Wakefield claims he told McBride to drop the child off somewhere and that McBride replied that he was going to 'Off the Kid'.
At that point, family members say both Washington and Wakefield should have been charged with accessory before the fact.
"You are a part of it if you don't say this is about to happen. And they're a part of it," said Deanna Moore.
Michael Guest breaks it down.
"To be an accessory before the fact, you have to have knowledge and you also have to do something to aid," explained Guest. "So at the time, though they had knowledge of the theft, they did not do anything to assist in the theft of that car. We did not see a way, and the grand jury did not see a way, to charge Wakefield or Washington with capital murder."
Washington eventually took a plea deal.
However, Dwan Wakefield and Bryon McBride are both set for trial in October, but for the past several months, Dwan Wakefield has been out free on bond.
Facebook images show him enjoying cruises to Mexico and family time.
"I think we're all frustrated," said Michael Guest. "I think the community is frustrated. I think even we as a prosecutor's office are frustrated. We would like to see Mr. Wakefield held without bond."
Throughout this entire ordeal, Ebony Archie, Kingston's mother, has maintained media silence.
However, she is scheduled to address the media Friday, May 18, which is the actual anniversary of Kingston's murder.
Byron McBride is facing capital murder charges in the death of Kingston Frazier.
One alleged accomplice, Dwan Wakefield, is charged with accessory after the fact to kidnapping, murder, and car theft.
A second accomplice took a plea deal.
D'Allen Washington plead guilty to accessory after the fact to kidnapping.
It was during his plea hearing that an explosive piece of information was revealed.
Washington claims that McBride took a photo of Kingston Frazier's lifeless body just moments after he was killed.
Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest explains,
"When Mr. McBride gets into the car, he tells Washington and Wakefield that he has killed Kingston Frazier," said Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest. "They apparently did not believe him. At which time, according to Mr. Washington's statement, he said Mr. McBride showed him a photo of the child. That's how they knew Byron McBride had killed Kingston Frazier."
Guest's office is seeking the death penalty against Byron McBride.
But according to Deanna Moore, more needs to be done.
"As a mother, when you fix things for these children for their entire lives, and you can't fix this, the only thing I can do is fight for justice," said Moore.
Moore says the family is frustrated with the DA's office and what she calls a lack of communication.
When asked what would she like to say to Michael Guest, Moore said, "Give the case up. Give it to either the AG's office or the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation. Give it to someone else."
But Michael Guest says his office isn't stonewalling.
Instead, only dealing with those who are intimately connected to the case.
"So what we have decided to do as an office is to deal with the parents in this case," explained Guest. "Let the parents disseminate the information to the other family members because at times we were talking to the relatives before talking to the parents. So parents were hearing things second hand."
When asked how her nephew is doing, Deanna Moore responded, "He's horrible. He's horrible. He's a mess. He doesn't want to speak with the media. He feels as though his word is not getting out and people are not hearing him. People are not listening to him."
Moore is referring to her nephew William Frazier, Kingston's Father.
A part of his frustration centers on Dwan Wakefield and the fact that not only is he charged with accessory after the fact, but he's out on bond.
And Wakefield has been free for months.
His activity has been chronicled on his father's social media page.
It shows Wakefield on family vacations, enjoying time with friends and it even shows t-shirts that were printed up proclaiming "Free da Kidd" with Wakefield's image displayed in the center.
Earlier this month, Wakefield's father went live on Facebook.
The video shows the two of them riding around town in a red mustang convertible.
The Wakefield's were asked to be a part of this story but declined. Dwan Wakefield Sr. did say his heart goes out to the Frazier family.
"I don't have any pity for any of them because they were all involved," said Deanna Moore. "They could have. They could have said stop at any point. They could have said stop. They could have said this is gone too far. They could have called their parents. They could have called 911. There are so many things they could have done. No. Have sympathy for him for what?"
Wakefield and McBride are scheduled for trial October 22.
However, because McBride is facing the death penalty, it's unlikely that his case will start before next year.
Wakefield's case will likely move forward and if convicted, he faces up to 45 years in jail.
Since the third defendant in this case took a plea deal, D'Allen Washington will likely only spend about 15 years in jail.
The Frazier family is holding multiple events to celebrate the life of Kingston Frazier. Below is a schedule of events:
Kingston Frazier's May Day Celebration
- Friday, May 18: 8:30 a.m - 9:00 a.m. - WPBQ 94.3 F.M. Radio 817 E. River Place - Family Interview
- Friday, May 18: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - WPBQ 94.3 FM Radio / Facebook Live - David L. Archie Radio Show (Show segment dedication to Kingston Frazier with family members as guests
- Friday, May 18: 5:00 p.m. - UNTIL - Kingston Frazier Block Party - 161 Meadow Lane near Siwell Road
- Saturday, May 19: 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Kingston Frazier May Day in the Park - Parham Bridges Park - 5055 Old Canton Road
- Sunday, May 20: 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Kingston Frazier Family Day (Open to family and close friends)
- Tuesday, May 22: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Kingston Frazier Courage Award - awarded to a deserving kindergarten student at North Jackson Elementary School
Thursday, May 18 - 1:15 a.m. - 6-year-old Kingston Frazier is last seen in the parking lot of the Kroger on I-55 North in Jackson. A short time later two subjects pull up to his mother's Toyota Camry in a Honda Civic. The passenger of the Honda Civic gets out of the car and jumps inside the Camry, with the child inside, and both cars speed away from the parking lot.
Thursday, May 18 - 2:30 a.m. - A Hinds County Deputy saw a woman coming out of Kroger and she said that her car was missing.
Thursday, May 18 - 4:31 a.m. - MBI issues an Amber Alert for Kingston Frazier.
Thursday, May 18 - 7:06 a.m. - MBI releases information on second vehicle (Honda Civic) and a description of the passenger who got out of the car and stole the Camry with the child inside.
Thursday, May 18 - 9:43 a.m. - MBI cancels the Amber Alert for Kingston Frazier.
Thursday, May 18 - 9:57 a.m. - WLBT arrives to the scene in Gluckstadt where officials said the child and stolen vehicle were recovered on Gluckstadt Road.
Thursday, May 18 - 10:46 a.m. - JPD Commander Tyree Jones and Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker confirm that 6-year-old Kingston Frazier had been found dead in the back seat of the car after being shot.
Thursday, May 18 - 11:25 a.m. - 17-year-old Dwan Diondro Wakefield, of Ridgeland, is taken into custody on Holmes Avenue in the kidnapping and slaying of the little boy.
Thursday, May 18 - 11:38 a.m. - Hinds County Sheriff's Office confirms a second person, 17-year-old DeAllen Washington, is a suspect in the kidnapping and shooting death of the child.
Thursday, May 18 - 2:24 p.m. - Washington is located and transported for questioning in the kidnapping and death of Kingston Frazier.
Thursday, May 18 - 4:00 p.m. - A third suspect, 19-year-old Byron McBride, was taken into custody.
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