Prosecutors and a defense attorney agreed on a jury Monday afternoon in the second-degree murder trial of 18-year-old John Honore, who is accused of killing Linda Frickey last year in Mid-City.?
The teenager’s trial, which is expected to last no more than three days, will begin after Thanksgiving on Monday, Nov. 27, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Kimya Holmes said.
Honore has pleaded not guilty.
The seating of the jury followed the guilty pleas of three other teenagers accused in the brazen attack against the 73-year-old Westwego resident. Briniyah Baker, 17, Lenyra Theophile, 16, and Mar'Qel Curtis, 16, who were also charged with second-degree murder, pleaded guilty to attempted manslaughter and were immediately sentenced to 20 years in prison.?
Twelve jurors and one alternate juror were selected from a panel of 20 New Orleans residents. Two additional alternate jurors will be seated Monday afternoon, Holmes announced.
Frickey died March 21, 2022 after she was carjacked on Mid-City’s Bienville Street. While prosecutors allege that all four juveniles were complicit in the crime, they claim Honore played an outsized roll in Frickey’s death.
He is accused of beating the elderly woman before driving away in her sport utility, dragging her for a block to her demise. Frickey died from her injuries.?
The case has received overwhelming media attention, a fact that featured heavily in Monday’s jury selection. Of the first 20 potential jurors, only five said they were not familiar with the case.
The case has also prompted the New Orleans community to ask questions about justice and accountability for juvenile offenders. On Monday, several potential jurors expressed qualms over prosecuting teenagers in adult court, where punishments are more severe.?
Honore, if convicted as charged, will be sentenced to mandatory life in prison with the chance for parole in 25 years. Had he remained in the juvenile system, his maximum punishment would have been a juvenile life sentence, a punishment that ends when a defendant turns 21 years old.?
One female potential juror said, “I think I would feel conflicted in my involvement in saying 25 years is appropriate in this circumstance. I would feel ‘ugh’ on the inside.”
“I don’t think anyone leaves here with a smile on their face, feeling good about things,” replied Assistant District Attorney Matthew Derbes, who heads the homicide unit of the district attorney’s office. “There are no winners in this court room.”
Another potential juror said she felt anyone older than 16 could be tried in the adult system. “By 16 you should know right from wrong,” she said.