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Police seek gun used in child killing as 3 teens charged

  • 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 Thursday. ap photo

  • 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 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



Associated Press
Friday, May 19, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. — Authorities on Friday sought the gun used in the killing of a 6-year-old Mississippi boy, as three jailed teenagers faced murder charges that could bring the death penalty.

Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest said Friday that authorities are looking for the weapon but are confident they have enough evidence against the three teen suspects to proceed without it.

Officials say the teens killed Kingston Frazier after stealing his mother’s car from a supermarket parking lot after 1 a.m. Thursday.

“I do not believe that it is anything other than a crime of opportunity,” Guest said, saying there was no evidence of any deeper plot besides stealing a car that Frazier’s mother left running with her child inside. Security video shows that after Ebony Archie left, another car drove up and a man got out and then drove off in her Camry.

Charged Thursday with capital murder were 19-year-old Byron McBride of Pickens, 17-year old D’Allen Washington of Ridgeland and 17-year-old Dwan Wakefield of Ridgeland. Each is set for an initial court appearance Monday morning and until then is jailed without bail in Madison County, just north of Jackson.

Guest wouldn’t say if any of the men have confessed. It’s unclear if any of the three have lawyers. Guest said he didn’t believe anyone else was involved.

All three were arrested after authorities found the body of Kingston Frazier dead from gunshot wounds in the back of his mother’s stolen car, abandoned on a dead-end road. Madison County Coroner Alex Breeland says Kingston was shot multiple times.

Archie’s family members told local news media Friday that she had picked up her son from his grandmother after going out with friends to celebrate her birthday, and was dashing into the Kroger to buy party supplies to celebrate Kingston’s kindergarten graduation, which was scheduled Friday.

“She feels guilty for the fact that she decided to go inside the store and leave the car running when she went inside the store,” David Archie, Ebony Archie’s uncle, told WLBT-TV

Guest said he was told Frazier was shot at least four times.

Breeland said an autopsy was completed and the boy’s body was released to a funeral home. However, no funeral arrangements had been scheduled as of Friday afternoon.

Guest said Washington is currently under indictment for armed robbery in Madison County.