This article was originally published on GoErie.com by Madeleine O’Neill on November 6, 2018
Erie County prosecutors will seek a first-degree murder conviction against a 24-year-old Erie woman accused of intentionally hitting another woman with her vehicle and killing her in late August.
The defendant, Rebecca A. Frick, appeared in court Tuesday for her formal arraignment on charges including homicide, aggravated assault, possession of the instrument of a crime and accidents involving death or personal injury, among others. Erie County President Judge John J. Trucilla presided over the brief hearing.
Frick’s lawyer, Eric Hackwelder, said after the arraignment that Frick’s trial is tentatively set for March. He said he will have to review evidentiary materials provided by the prosecution, or discovery, before deciding whether to file pretrial motions in the case.
Assistant District Attorney Molly Anglin, who is prosecuting the case, said in court that the District Attorney’s Office intends to pursue a first-degree murder conviction in the case.
A first-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. Frick cried in court as Trucilla reviewed that information with her during the hearing.