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Husband of woman killed by teenage carjackers now taking parents to court

The conviction of the carjacking killer responsible for the gruesome death of a New Orleans grandmother set the stage for her widower to file a new legal challenge against the parents and potentially the city.

(Video: WVUE)

In March 2022, 73-year-old Linda Frickey was pepper-scared, beaten and then dragged a distance roughly equivalent to two football fields before her arm was horribly ripped off and she succumbed to her injuries. This week, 17-year-old assailant John Honore was convicted of second-degree murder and faces a potential life sentence, and now widower Rickey Frickey is seeking more responsibility.

Seeking $50,000 in damages for his wife's murder, Frickey had initially filed a lawsuit on March 21, 2023, against Honoré's parents and the three girls who had pleaded guilty to attempted murder, Briniyah Baker, Mar'Qel Curtis and Lenyra Theophile, but had filed the case pending sentencing, the widower's attorney Donald Hodges Jr. told WVUE.

“In this case, it's about proving that parents will be held responsible for acts like this,” the lawyer said.

Hodges further explained, “We're looking at options that could possibly include the city of New Orleans, as well as the state of Louisiana, the Office of Juvenile Justice, various actors that we believe, and for us, the people involved here, have had an ongoing problem that contributed to this culture that actually led to Ms. Frickey's death and murder.”

The man's sister, Kathy Richard, told that the purpose of seeking compensation for loss of income and emotional distress was to “make the public aware that if your children commit crimes, you are responsible.”

In reviewing the lawsuit, Fox 8 legal analyst Joe Raspanti said the case is difficult, saying, “This is an uptick because they have to take responsibility against parents or these other entities that are going to be difficult in different degrees. do. Once you do that, collecting those judgments will be an even bigger mountain to climb. So this is an uphill battle.”

Awaiting a sentencing hearing in January, Honore sent a letter to his victim's family pleading for mercy for murdering the wife, mother and grandmother.

“To the family of Ms. Linda Frickey, I'm John and I'm sorry to apologize that you have to go through what you're going through. No one's family should have to go through this kind of harm,” he said.

“That day I made the biggest mistake of my life. I think about what you and the family may be going through every day. I say the Our Father prayer every day and night,” he continued, adding: “I'm sorry every day”.

The prosecution had detailed during the trial: “The defendant, after the pepper spray [the victim]he grabs her, pulls her out of the car, puts his heel in her face, hits her in the head, gets up, punches her, climbs into the driver's seat and you see the decisions made that ended her life by Frickey.

“She was screaming and begging him to stop,” prosecutors said.


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