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Teen charged in death says 19-year-old shot Mississippi boy

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi teenager charged with murder in the death of a 6-year-old told investigators that the boy was actually shot by another of the three teen suspec

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi teenager charged with murder in the death of a 6-year-old told investigators that the boy was actually shot by another of the three teen suspects, according to an investigator's sworn statement.

The Associated Press obtained the sworn statement Friday from a source with knowledge of the case involving the death of Kingston Frazier. The boy was found shot to death at the side of a dead-end road inside his mother's abandoned car, hours after someone stole the Toyota Camry from a supermarket parking lot.

Three young men were arrested hours after a 6-year-old boy was found shot dead Thursday in his mother's stolen car near Jackson, Mississippi. Authorities say the suspects will be charged with capital murder. (May 19)

Mississippi Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Rusty Clark said in the sworn statement filed in connection with the case that 17-year-old Dwan Wakefield of Ridgeland told Clark and another investigator 19-year-old Byron McBride of Pickens was at fault.

"During this interview, Wakefield implicated Byron McBride as the person who actually stole the vehicle and shot and killed Frazier," Clark's statement said.

When asked for further comment, MBI spokesman Warren Strain declined, saying "the court document speaks for itself."

Wakefield, McBride and 17-year-old D'Allen Washington of Ridgeland are being held without bail in Madison County, just north of Jackson, awaiting Monday morning court appearances. It's unclear if any of the three have lawyers.

Though all three are charged with capital murder, only McBride could face the death penalty. The U.S. Supreme Court outlawed the death penalty for crimes committed by people younger than 18 in 2005.

Madison County Coroner Alex Breeland said Kingston was shot multiple times. District Attorney Michael Guest said authorities are still looking for the gun used to kill Kingston but are confident they have enough evidence against the three teen suspects to proceed without it.

"I do not believe that it is anything other than a crime of opportunity," Guest said, saying there was no evidence of any deeper plot besides stealing a car that Ebony Archie left running with her child inside. He said he didn't believe anyone else was involved.

Security video shows that after Archie left her car about 1 a.m., another car drove up and a man got out and then drove off in her Camry. Frazier was in the back seat.

Archie's family members told local news media Friday that she had picked up her son from his grandmother after going out with friends to celebrate her birthday and was going into the Jackson supermarket to buy party supplies to celebrate Kingston's kindergarten graduation, which was scheduled Friday.

"She feels guilty for the fact that she decided to go inside the store and leave the car running when she went inside the store," David Archie, Ebony Archie's uncle, told WLBT-TV.

The car was found eight hours later, abandoned in a muddy ditch about 15 miles (20 kilometers) north of Jackson in Gluckstadt. People continued to stream to the site Friday afternoon, with some leaving small memorials. One note said "Kingston R.I.P. Sweet angel fly high. You are loved and will be missed. Prayers for your family."

Guest wouldn't say if any of the men have confessed, but Clark's statement made clear that at least Wakefield has talked to investigators. Guest said investigators are gathering surveillance video from near where the car was abandoned, as well as seeking mobile phone evidence that could indicate the whereabouts of the suspects.

Breeland said an autopsy was completed and the boy's body was released to a funeral home. However, no funeral arrangements had been scheduled as of Friday afternoon.

Guest said Washington is currently under indictment for armed robbery in Madison County. Court records the other two men have no criminal history as adults.

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This story has been corrected to show only 19-year-old Byron McBride could face the death penalty.

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Associated Press photographer Rogelio Solis contributed to this report from Gluckstadt, Mississippi.

This Madison County Detention Center booking photograph taken Thursday, May 18, 2017 shows Byron McBride. Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest announced at a news conference that authorities plan to charge McBride, Dwan Wakefield, and Tyreek Washington,in the death of 6-year old Kingston Frazier. Authorities found Frazier shot at least once in the back seat of his mother's stolen car, which Jackson Police Cmdr. Tyree Jones said was abandoned in a muddy ditch about 15 miles (20 kilometers) north of Jackson, Miss. (Madison County Sheriff's Office via AP)


This Madison County Detention Center booking photograph taken Thursday, May 18, 2017 shows Dwan Wakefield. Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest announced at a news conference that authorities plan to charge Wakefield, Byron McBride, and D'Allen Washington and Dwan Wakefield in the death of 6-year old Kingston Frazier. Authorities found Frazier shot at least once in the back seat of his mother's stolen car, which Jackson Police Cmdr. Tyree Jones said was abandoned in a muddy ditch about 15 miles (20 kilometers) north of Jackson, Miss. (Madison County Sheriff's Office via AP)


This Madison County Detention Center booking photograph taken Thursday, May 18, 2017 shows Tyreek Washington. Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest announced at a news conference that authorities plan to charge Washington, Dwan Wakefield, and Byron McBride,in the death of 6-year old Kingston Frazier. Authorities found Frazier shot at least once in the back seat of his mother's stolen car, which Jackson Police Cmdr. Tyree Jones said was abandoned in a muddy ditch about 15 miles (20 kilometers) north of Jackson, Miss. (Madison County Sheriff's Office via AP)


A small flowered tribute with a personalized note to Kingston Frazier, a 6-year-old boy who was found shot dead Thursday, in his mother's stolen car along a no-outlet road in Gluckstadt, Miss., rests by an area where the vehicle was allegedly removed, Friday, May 19, 2018. Three individuals have been arrested for the death and will have an initial appearance before a judge Monday. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)


A stuffed animal and balloon tribute for Kingston Frazier, a 6-year-old boy who was found shot dead Thursday, in his mother's stolen car along a no-outlet road in Gluckstadt, Miss., is tied to a small tree adjacent to an area where the vehicle was allegedly removed, Friday, May 19, 2018. Three individuals have been arrested for the death and will have an initial appearance before a judge Monday. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)


A stuffed animal and balloon tribute for Kingston Frazier, a 6-year-old boy who was found shot dead Thursday, in his mother's stolen car along a no-outlet road in Gluckstadt, Miss., is tied to a small tree adjacent to an area where the vehicle was allegedly removed, Friday, May 19, 2018. Three individuals have been arrested for the death and will have an initial appearance before a judge Monday. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)


Family members carry a grief stricken Ebony Archie, mother of Kingston Frazier, after learning the young boy was found dead after being kidnapped during the theft of his mother's vehicle from a Kroger parking lot, Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Jackson, Miss. (Elijah Baylis/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)


Family member Martin Archie, left, comforts Ruby Archie, after learning that Kingston Frazier, 6, was found dead after being kidnapped during the theft of his mother's vehicle from a Kroger parking lot, Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Jackson, Miss. (Elijah Baylis/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)


Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker, center, leans forward and speaks about the interdepartmental cooperation by the agencies of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, the Madison County Sheriff's Department, Hinds County Sheriff's Department and the City of Jackson Police Department in pursuing individuals believed to be involved in the car jacking of a vehicle from a grocery store parking lot in Jackson, Miss., early Thursday, May 18, 2017 and the subsequent murder of its passenger, 6-year-old Kingston Frazier, at an afternoon news conference. Tucker declined to say when the three individuals would be formally charged. Flanking Tucker are Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason, left, and Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)


Walter Williams reacts to the news that his grandson Kingston Frazier was found dead after being kidnapped during the theft of his mother's vehicle from a Kroger parking lot Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Jackson, Miss. (Elijah Baylis/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)


Martin Archie carries a grief stricken Ebony Archie, mother to Kingston Frazier, down a case of stairs after learning her young son was found dead after being kidnapped during the theft of his mother's vehicle from a Kroger parking lot Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Jackson, Miss. (Elijah Baylis/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)


Family members react after learning that Kingston Frazier was found dead after being kidnapped during the theft of his mother's vehicle from a Kroger parking lot Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Jackson, Miss. (Elijah Baylis/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)


Family members react after learning that Kingston Frazier was found dead after being kidnapped during the theft of his mother's vehicle from a Kroger parking lot Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Jackson, Miss. (Elijah Baylis/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)


Family members react after learning that Kingston Frazier was found dead after being kidnapped during the theft of his mother's vehicle from a Kroger parking lot Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Jackson, Miss. (Elijah Baylis/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)


Family member Martin Archie, left, comforts Ruby Archie, after learning that Kingston Frazier, 6, was found dead after being kidnapped during the theft of his mother's vehicle from a Kroger parking lot, Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Jackson, Miss. (Elijah Baylis/The Clarion-Ledger via AP)


A procession of law enforcement vehicles follow a Mississippi Highway Patrol tow truck hauling away a vehicle from a dead end road in Gluckstadt, Miss., Thursday morning, May 18, 2017, where 6-year-old Kingston Frazier was shot to death after the car he was riding in was stolen early, from a grocery store parking lot in Jackson. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)


A Mississippi Highway Patrol tow truck hauls away a vehicle from a dead end road in Gluckstadt, Miss., Thursday morning, May 18, 2017, where 6-year-old Kingston Frazier was shot to death after the car he was riding in was stolen early, from a grocery store parking lot in Jackson. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)


Three young men were arrested hours after a 6-year-old boy was found shot dead Thursday in his mother's stolen car near Jackson, Mississippi. Authorities say the suspects will be charged with capital murder. (May 19)


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