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Trial date set for suspects in Kingston Frazier murder case

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Prosecutors have set a new date for the trial of the suspects in the Kingston Frazier murder case.

6-year-old Kingston Frazier was killed back in May inside of his mother’s vehicle which was stolen from a Kroger parking lot in Jackson off of 1-55. Kingston was left in the car when his mother went into the store. Hours later, a bystander found the car abandoned on a dead-end road in Gluckstadt and called the police.

Police later arrested three teenagers in connection Frazier’s death including; then-19-year-old Byron McBride, D’Allen Washington and Dwan Wakefield (both 17 at the time). Indictments were handed down in November, with McBride being charged with capital murder.

Washington was charged with accessory after the fact to murder, kidnapping, and motor vehicle theft. Despite being 17 at the time, Washington is being tired as an adult because of a pending charge for armed robbery.

Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest says that the court date has been moved to April 23 after a January date was originally scheduled, but this was not unexpected.

“They were set for trial in January, this being the first trial date available after the service of the indictments. We were aware at the time that this was not a realistic date that this case could go to trial because of the amount of discovery and the nature of the case. So this week, the court is going to continue the case against Mr. Washington and Mr. McBride, both of those cases will be reset for April 23.”

Wakefield had not turned 18 at the time of the shooting, and the grand jury found that there was “probable cause” that he committed accessory after the fact to murder, kidnapping, and motor vehicle theft, but due to his age, his case was referred back the Madison County Youth Court.

Guest stated that the Youth Court will make the determination if the case is moved back to Circuit Court. This decision could be made in the “next couple of weeks.”

If convicted on all charges Washington could face up to 45 in prison. McBride’s capital murder charge could bring the death penalty. Guest stated that they could pursue the death penalty if the case goes to trial.

The DA believes that the prosecution has built a solid case against the suspects, and they hope to be able to get the trial started as soon as possible.

“Law enforcement has done a good job in this case of gathering and collecting evidence. We had multiple agencies working together. We were able to gather forensic evidence that has been submitted to the state crime lab. While this case has gathered a lot of media attention, we feel that we have a good case to prosecute and we’re looking forward to getting this case into a courtroom.”

McBride and Washington are being held without bond, and Wakefield was released on bond back in November.

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