January 17th, 2016
The death of a 78-year-old woman found lifeless in her south side home on Sunday is the city’s first homicide of 2016, according to police. Family members discovered Irene Carter’s body in a home on Normandy Road South just after 2 p.m. The Lethbridge Police Service had originally classified the death as suspicious, an autopsy confirmed foul play. Lisa Freihaut pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder for the death of her mother. Freihaut had remortgaged her mother’s home, taken money from her investments and sold her vehicles, all to fuel a gambling addiction. The statement went on to say Carter confronted her daughter on Jan. 13, 2016 about her home being remortgaged without her knowledge. She got in a heated argument with her daughter, picked up a knife and told her to leave. Freihaut took the knife and stabbed her mother more than a dozen times, then pushed her down the stairs. She saw her mother was still alive so she banged her head repeatedly on the floor until she quit moving. Then, she removed all of the phone cords from the home so if Carter wasn’t dead, she couldn’t call for help.