The three suspects in the murder of a 6-year-old boy from Mississippi — who was the subject of an Amber Alert — faced a judge Monday as prosecutors said one of the suspects could be looking at a death sentence.
Byron McBride, 19, along with 17-year-olds Dwan Wakefield and D ” All of Washington, appeared via video conference before the judge Monday morning in Madison County justice of the peace in the Canton. Prosecutors said that the three kidnapped and killed 6-year-old Kingston Frazier, who was last seen early May 18 when his mother went shopping at a local supermarket.
Frazier was found shot to death in a stolen car hours after the Amber Alert went into effect, researchers have said.
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Kingston Frazier was found shot to death in a stolen car, according to the researchers.
The court said that each defendant is a danger to the community and decided against the granting of bail. All three are facing capital murder charges for the alleged crime.
McBride can face the death penalty because he is more than eighteen, according to Madison and Rankin County District Attorney Michael Guest.
“Two of the suspects are facing a maximum sentence of life without the possibility of parole on the basis of their age,” Guest said. “The third defendant on the basis of his age, is looking for a possible death penalty.”
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In addition to the capital murder charge, Washington, who is a student of the high school, at that time, was on bond for a pending felony armed robbery charge at the time of the alleged crime. McBride had a prior commercial burglary in Wakefield, which is also a high school student has no previous criminal record.
The courtroom was filled with relatives of the victim and the suspects.
Frazier’s granduncle Amos Archie spoke briefly after the hearing, said the family stood by the mother of the boy.
“It is a sad situation. We love Ebony duration, we love Kingston expensive, it is just totally sad for the community, as I said,” Archie said. “We are happy with everything the judge did, so we have no bad situation.”
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McBride’s father shouted at a group of journalists while leaving the courthouse.
“How can the whole world know that my son, the shooter, and the second day that my son is in prison … my son did not kill that baby,” he yelled, while running.
Wakefield’s aunt, who did not want to be named, said she believes her nephew is innocent.
I believe that he is innocent,” she said. “I know Dwan, I know that he is innocent. My prayers are with the family of Kingston more than anything, I am a mother and he is a child. I pray justice is served,” she added.
A preliminary hearing for all three accused has been set for June 26.
Willie James Inman, is a Fox News multimedia reporter based in Jackson, Mississippi. Follow him on twitter: @WillieJames