A grand jury indicted four teenagers in the murder of 73-year-old Linda Frickey in Mid-City, District Attorney Jason Williams announced Thursday (April 28). The judge set bond at $1 million each.
Frickey was dragged for blocks while caught in her seatbelt as the carjackers drove her vehicle from North Scott to North Pierce Street.
The grandmother fell from the car when her armed was severed. She died at the scene.
“This was one of the most violent carjackings we’ve ever seen,” Williams said.
The four teens — a 17-year-old boy, a 16-year-old girl and two 15-year-old girls — will be tried as adults, Williams said. Police have said the 17-year-old was behind the wheel when Frickey was killed.
“While I completely believe in handling juvenile matters in the juvenile system to ensure developmentally appropriate adjudication of young people,” Williams said, “the juvenile sentencing limits would be inadequate to ensure that these young people are appropriately held accountable for taking a life.”
Williams said he made the decision to try them as adults after meeting with the Frickey family. “I heard the hurt and pain in their voices,” he said. “It always shakes me to my core to meet with families of deceased relatives who lost their lives to senseless violence in our city.”
The teens were charged with second-degree murder and face life imprisonment if convicted in Orleans Criminal District Court.
Williams also said he met with incoming School Superintendent Dr. Avis Williams about enforcing existing truancy laws. A parent who fails to enroll or maintain their child in school can be fined, jailed, placed on probation, and required to participate in community service, parenting classes and counseling.
“Now, we never want to add more burdens to parents who are dealing with a lot, and will work with those who are trying,” he said. “However, we must and will do more to work with public schools, NOPD and the courts to help enforce truancy laws so that our kids are in school and not on the streets.”
Frickey was carjacked and killed at 1:30 p.m. on March 21, a Monday, when the teens were supposed to be in school.
Frickey was a kind-hearted person who worked as an insurance agent and leaves behind a husband, two sons, three grandchildren, four sisters and many friends, according to media reports.