A Mississippi teenager previously accused of accessory to murder in connection with the death of a child who was in the backseat of a car when it was stolen, has reportedly agreed to turn on his co-defendants for a lesser sentence.
The Clarion Ledger reports that D’Allen Washington, 17, appeared in court on Mon. and pleaded “guilty to accessory after the fact of kidnapping.” Washington was initially one of three teenagers accused of stealing a car from Kroger parking lot close to Jackson, in May 2017. A 6-year-old boy, Kingston Frazier, was asleep in the backseat of the car when the incident occurred. Dwan Wakefield, 17, and Byron McBride, 19, allegedly took the vehicle.
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Kingston was later found dead from multiple gunshot wounds, reportedly at the hands of McBride. Mississippi Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Rusty Clark said in a sworn statement last May that Wakefield told him and another investigator that McBride was the person that stole the vehicle and shot Kingston.
While McBride could face the death penalty if convicted on a capital murder charge, Wakefield, who was reportedly selling marijuana close to a fast food restaurant when Kingston was killed, may possibly face charges as a juvenile, pending a judge’s decision, according to District Attorney Michael Guest. Washington’s case wasn’t sent to juvenile court because of a previous robbery charge.
“McBride is at this point the only person who has been indicted directly in the death of Kingston,” Guest said.
Washington previously faced three charges, including accessory to murder, kidnapping, and auto theft. However, with he agreement to testify against Wakefield and McBride, he’ll only face a charge of accessory after the fact of kidnapping.
“Mr. Washington has accepted responsibility for his limited involvement in this matter, which led to the unfortunate and senseless murder of Kingston Frazier, and has agreed to offer State’s evidence in the prosecution of the remaining co-defendants,” Warren Martin, Washington’s lawyer said. “For his involvement, Mr. Washington continues to express his deepest condolences and sympathies to the family of Kingston Frazier.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the initial incident occurred on May 17, when Kingston’s mother stopped by a Jacksonville Kroger at around 1 a.m. on early Thursday morning. She left her son in the car, reportedly to pick up medicine for the little boy, who was sleeping in the back seat.
While she was inside the story, a car pulled up to her 2000 Toyota Camry. A man got out of the passenger seat of a 2-door sedan, got into the driver’s side of the Camry, and drove off with little Kingston still inside the vehicle. Around nine hours later, a man called police and said he spotted the stolen Camry by a dead end street in Gluckstadt. When police arrived, they discovered the little boy inside the vehicle, dead from gunshot wounds.
Washington is behind bars without bail due to his previous robbery charge. McBride also remains behind bars without bail, while Wakefield posted $275,000 bail and is free, awaiting to see if he will be tried as a juvenile or adult.
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[Feature Photo: Kingston Frazier/Family Handout]