Dwan Wakefield is going to prison for his role in the murder of 6-year-old Kingston Frazier and faces up to 45 years behind bars.

Wakefield, the third and final defendant in the case stemming from the 2017 kidnapping and murder, was convicted by a jury of his peers after less than four hours of deliberation.

His sentencing, which is scheduled for Dec. 16, will close the book on the final chapter of a murder case that rocked the Jackson metro.

Frazier was asleep in the back seat of his mother Ebony Archie’s car when it was stolen from the parking lot of the Jackson Kroger on North Frontage Road by Byron McBride.

McBride took the stolen vehicle and Frazier to Gluckstadt, to a dirt road off of Enterprise Drive, where prosecutors said he called Wakefield, who was 17 at the time, and told him about the boy.

Wakefield told jurors that he told McBride, then 19, to drop Frazier off at a gas station or other public park or business.

Instead, McBride shot Frazier four times, killing him.



Wakefield drove to Gluckstadt to pick McBride up and, knowing he had murdered the six-year-old, took him home without notifying police.

He was ultimately charged with accessory after the fact for car theft, kidnapping and murder.

The case against the trio was overwhelming. Investigators presented cell phone records, text messages between the defendants and used data from cell phone towers to track their movement on the night of the murder.

McBride pleaded guilty on Aug. 29 in an effort to avoid the death penalty. He received life in prison without he possibility of parole. 

Another defendant D’Allen Washington, who rode with Wakefield to retrieve McBride that night, pleaded guilty in 2018 and received a sentence of 15 years in prison.

Wakefield, who was the starting quarterback at Ridgeland High School at the time, is the only defendant who failed to enter a guilty plea.

On Oct. 31, a jury of six men and six women found him guilty on all three counts.

District Attorney John Bramlett told news outlets following the verdict that he plans to seek to the maximum sentence for Wakefield, which carries 45 years behind bars.