Bond has been reinstated for one of the three teens indicted in the death of 6-year-old Kingston Frazier.
Dwan Wakefield,18, received a bond of $275,000 Monday afternoon for accessory after the fact to murder, accessory after the fact to kidnapping and accessory after the fact to motor vehicle theft.
Wakefield, who was 17 at the time of his arrest, was indicted on the three felony charges earlier this month after Youth Court sent his case to a Madison County grand jury. Wakefield will be tried as an adult.
His settlement conference, where he will plead guilty or not guilty, is set for Sept. 22. The trial date could be between Oct. 22 and 29, according to court personnel. Circuit Court Judge William Chapman, who set Wakefield’s bond Monday, will be the presiding judge.
If convicted, Wakefield faces up to 45 years in prison, according to District Attorney Michael Guest.
If Wakefield makes bond before the trial date, he will not be allowed to leave the state and will be electronically monitored, Guest said.
Kingston was found dead in the back of his mother’s abandoned vehicle in Madison County after the car was stolen from a Kroger parking lot off I-55 in Jackson. He had been sleeping in the backseat while his mother briefly ran into the store.
Authorities say Byron McBride stole the vehicle and drove until it ran out of gas, at which point he called and asked Wakefield and De’Allen Washington to come pick him up. Wakefield said he advised McBride to drop the child off somewhere but that McBride said he was “going to off the kid.”
McBride has been charged with capital murder. He is in the Madison County Jail. Washington and Wakefield were indicted for the same three crimes. Washington has pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact to kidnapping. He faces 20 years in prison with five years suspended.
Washington has agreed to testify against McBride and Wakefield. His sentencing has been postponed until after he testifies, Guest said.
Wakefield was originally denied bond after his May 2017 arrest but was later granted a $250,000 bond in November. He was arrested a second time after he was indicted two weeks ago.