GLUCKSTADT, Miss. – Three young Mississippi men were arrested hours after a 6-year-old boy was found shot to death 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 press conference on Thursday that authorities plan to charge Byron McBride, D, ” All Washington and Dwan Wakefield in the death of the child.
The authorities find the Kingston Frazier shot at least once in the back seat of his mother’s stolen car, which Jackson Police Cmdr. Tyree Jones said had been left in a muddy ditch about 15 miles (20 kilometers) north of the city.
Frazier was gone, after 1 hour and Thursday when a man was seen on video taking the car from the parking lot of a supermarket in Jackson, the capital of the state, authorities said. About nine hours later, after a child-abduction alert and widespread publicity, a man reported the missing Toyota Camry was next to a cul-de-sac in a northern suburb of Gluckstadt.
The authorities in the public death of Thursday morning, surrounded by grieving family members.
“A 6-year-old is over,” said Kingston’s nephew, Kolby Irby. “His mother has to deal with this. That is her baby.”
The three suspects were arrested within hours of the child’s body was found, authorities said, adding video, and a witness helped to identify.
Authorities say Washington and Wakefield are both 17. McBride’s age was not immediately released.
In Mississippi, 17-year-olds accused of capital murder to be tried as adults. The capital murder charge means prosecutors could seek the death penalty if the three are convicted for the Guest said.
The prosecutor also said that it was possible the cost could change, adding the three expected initial court appearances on Monday.
A lawyer said he is not yet official, that one of them, and rejected requests for comment. Guest said that the other two do not yet have lawyers.
The authorities did not answer questions at the press conference with journalists, and it is unclear what the role of each of the three defendants would 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 was fired from the team, but did not elaborate.
The mother, Ebony Archie, to the left of the boy in the car, the engine running, while she went to the supermarket early Thursday, police officers have said. The store of the parking lot is guarded by police officers, including one in a golf cart.
Security video shows that after Archie left, another car drove in and a man got out and then drove off in the Camry.
A child abduction alert was played repeatedly on the local news broadcasts and police and family members issued a public appeal for help.
The child’s body was taken for an autopsy at the state crime lab and the car was towed away by the police as they further investigate.