Accident victim’s family plans picket on suspect’s court date

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BELLEVILLE, IL. (KPLR)  -There were some tense moments Wednesday inside the St. Clair county courthouse. Outside, the family of a dead Caseyville woman picketed.

Donald Joseph Friese was set to appear before a judge Wednesday on first-degree murder charges.  On the front steps, the family of 18-year-old Mercedes Ferrarie-Troisi held signs calling for Friese to be convicted.  He is accused of causing a car crash that killed Ferrarie-Troisi after an argument over stolen marijuana in April of this year.

Mercedes’ mother, Lisa Ferrarie-Darron, said memories of her daughter is giving her patience through the court process.

“That is the only thing I can attribute it to is my daughter watching out for me,” Ferrarrie-Darron said.  “Make sure it goes to court and get done the right way.”

Inside the courtroom, our crew witnessed an argument between Lisa and a member of Friese’s family.  A bailiff quickly ended the argument.

The judge continued Friese’s appearance until October 29th.