Conviction upheld in connection to 2017 murder of 6-year-old abducted from Jackson grocery

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  • 2023-03-14 20:41:29Z
  • By The Clarion Ledger

The man who picked up the killer of 6-year-old Kingston Frazier, with the child's dead body still inside the car left behind, had his accessory convictions and sentences upheld Tuesday.

The Mississippi Court of Appeals ruled that they found no error in the conviction of Dwan Wakefield, who was sentenced to 40 years in prison in 2019 for accessory after the fact to murder, kidnapping and motor vehicle theft.

The case brings attention back to a 2017 incident where Wakefield, D'Allen Washington and Byron McBride assembled near the Wendy's off of Interstate 55 to sell a bag of marijuana for $10. McBride would go on to steal a car from the adjoining Kroger parking lot, only to discover the 6-year-old boy was inside. Hours later, Frazier was found dead in the back seat of the car, which McBride had abandoned on a dirt road in Madison County.

Wakefield would be the only one of the three not to plead guilty. McBride pleaded guilty to capital murder charges and sentenced to life without parole, while Washington pleaded to accessory after the fact to kidnapping and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, though he was ultimately released on parole last year.

According to previous Clarion Ledger reporting, the former Ridgeland High School quarterback testified that McBride called him that morning and said there was a child in the car he had just stolen. Wakefield said he told McBride to drop the child off in a public place, like a convenience store. McBride instead killed Frazier.

Dwan Wakefield, one of three men charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of Kingston Frazier, leaves the Madison County Justice Court on June 26, 2017, in Canton, Miss.
Dwan Wakefield, one of three men charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of Kingston Frazier, leaves the Madison County Justice Court on June 26, 2017, in Canton, Miss.  

When the car ran out of gas in Gluckstadt, McBride again called Wakefield to ask for a ride. Wakefield picked McBride up, but according to defense attorney Tom Fortner, he had no idea that Frazier was still inside the car, much less that the child was dead.

When police questioned Wakefield, he immediately named McBride as the killer.

Wakefield's attorneys had appealed his conviction on multiple grounds. First, his attorneys claimed that the case was heard in the wrong jurisdiction. They argued that the crimes began in Hinds County, so they should not have been tried in Madison County. Second, they claimed that Wakefield's separate convictions under a single statute violated the right to protection against double jeopardy. In their third and fourth complaints, the attorneys said there was insufficient evidence. Their first complaint stated that the indictment failed to charge an essential element of accessory after the fact. Their sixth and final complaint stated that the circuit court should not have allowed autopsy and crime scene photographs depicting the deceased victim to be used as evidence.

The appeals court rejected each of the complaints.

"After our review, we find no reversible error. We therefore affirm Wakefield's convictions and sentences," the appeals court decision reads.

None of the court's judges sided with Wakefield. Wakefield's attorneys could now challenge the appeals court decision in the state supreme court. If they do so, the supreme court could choose whether or not to hear the case. If they choose not to, the appeals court decision stands.

This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Dwan Wakefield conviction upheld by Mississippi Court of Appeals


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