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