Canton, MS (PPN) – The three teenagers charged in the death of a 6-year-old boy in Mississippi were denied bail Monday.
Judge Bruce McKinley denied bail, saying co-defendants Byron McBride Jr., Dwan Wakefield Jr. and D’Allen Washington are flight risks.
The three are accused of shooting Kingston Frazier Thursday. According to the AP, Frazier was asleep in the back of his mother’s car when it was stolen from a supermarket parking lot in Jackson. The car was found abandoned in a muddy ditch hours later in suburban Gluckstadt, with Frazier’s body in the back seat, shot multiple times.
Byron McBride Sr. criticized reporters for identifying his son as the person who shot the boy.
“No weapon was found on my son,” the father said. “How can you name my son? It’s wrong. My son didn’t kill that boy, but y’all are going to kill my son.”
District Attorney Michael Guest had said Friday that investigators were still looking for the gun used in the crime. Monday, he wouldn’t say if the weapon had been found.
Wakefield’s aunt, Eva Roby, said the accusations don’t fit her nephew’s character.
“I’d put my life on it that he’s innocent,” Roby said. “I know Dwan.”
Wakefield and Washington are ineligible for the death penalty because they are 17, but are being charged as adults and could face life in prison without parole. Both were high school students at the time of their arrest.
Guest told reporters after the hearing that prosecutors haven’t decided yet whether they will seek the death penalty against McBride, though he promised to “bring swift justice.”
“As the investigation concludes and we have a chance to look at everything, we will sit down with the family and make that decision,” Guest said.
The judge set June 26 preliminary hearings for all three. The three teens appeared in court via video from inside the county jail. Two were represented by a public defender, while one was represented by a private lawyer.
Prosecutor Pamela Hancock told McKinley that he should deny bail to all three. Washington was ineligible for bail because he’s currently under indictment for armed robbery charges in a separate incident.
Washington’s lawyer, Warren Martin, questioned whether charges against his client should properly be filed in Madison County, since the car was stolen and boy kidnapped in neighboring Hinds County.