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Express News September 24, 2015:
Mistrial declared over mother’s death
Daughter was accused of using skillet in beating
Closing arguments were held in Judge Sid Harle's (pictured) courtroom where Bexar County prosecutors David Martin and Daniel Rodriguez are trying to seek one count of murder and one count of injury to an elderly individual against Rebecca Friese (pictured) at the Cadena-Reeves Justice Center on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. Friese's attorney Raymond Martinez argued to the jury that Friese was defending herself when she used a cooking pan to strike her 84-year-old mother, Lydia Friese, in the head at their apartment in March 2014. Lydia Friese lived for several weeks and passed away due to a pulmonary embolism or blood clot. Friese had plead not guilty on both indictments. (Kin Man Hui/San Antonio Express-News)
But something led to an argument that, prosecutors said, ended with the 84-year-old mother lying on the floor, bleeding from her head and eyes after she was beaten over the head by her daughter with a cast-iron skillet.
After eight hours, Judge Sid Harle declared a mistrial when the jurors could not reach a verdict. Prosecutors have the option of a retrial.
Lydia Friese lived for seven weeks in a Comal County nursing home after suffering severe head injuries. She died April 19, 2014, from a pulmonary embolism, which prosecutors said was brought on by the beating that left her bed-ridden.
“There’s no evidence and no eyewitnesses,” he told jurors. “We have no facts on how this (argument) started.”
Martinez told jurors that Lydia Friese had experienced dementia, possibly had Alzheimer’s disease and that she fell out of bed while at the nursing home. He questioned whether the pulmonary embolism was related to injuries received seven weeks earlier.
“She had several things going on that may not be related to the blow on the head,” he said.
But lead prosecutor David Martin said the defendant would get violent when she got drunk.
“She was so drunk, she was sitting on the steps (of the residence) and didn’t know where she was,” he said.
Prosecutors said evidence showed that Rebecca Friese may have attempted to attack her mother with a knife and that when her mother took the knives away, the defendant got an iron skillet and hit her “repeatedly,” which “caused severe lacerations to her head, and she had cuts and fractures on her face.”
Martin also told jurors that Rebecca Friese called a relative and told him: “I killed that (expletive).”
Prosecutors said that before the attack, Lydia Friese was very active for an 84-year-old. They said she could not shut one eye or get out of bed after the blows to her head.
Rebecca Friese did not testify in her own defense.