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Penn. man found guilty of murdering State Trooper

20 April, 2017, 13:44 | Author: Mae Harvey
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Frein, 33, could face the death penalty if he's convicted.

"Today justice was served and a brutal murderer will be held accountable for his heinous and cowardly acts against members of the Pennsylvania State Police", he said in a statement. It comes from a laptop computer investigators found in an abandoned airplane hanger where they believe Frein was hiding out in the 48 days following the shootings. Bryon Dickson II during a late-night shift change. "We're hoping to save Mr. Frein's life", said William Ruzzo.

He faces a total of 12 charges, including murder of a law enforcement officer, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction counts related to bombs he left in the woods while eluding a police dragnet. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, only three people have been executed since 1976, when the U.S. Supreme Court restored the death penalty in the state.

Frein's attorney, Bill Ruzzo, says he will be trying to save his client's life. "They villainized him. We can't make him a holy man but we can try to make him a man".

Unlike the evidentiary phase of the trial, the penalty phase will allow the defense the last word.

Frein has said he didn't know Douglass or Dickson before the attack, telling police after his capture that he chose to ambush the Blooming Grove barracks because it's surrounded by woods and offered good cover.

Alex Douglass was a CrossFit and running enthusiast who ran a 50-mile ultra-marathon when he wasn't working his day job as a state police trooper.

A death sentence would send Frein to death row, but the state has a moratorium on executions under Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

After eight days of testimony jurors in the murder trial of Eric Frein have already heard from dozens of prosecution witnesses. Frein's defense attorneys rested their case moments later, without calling any witnesses or offering any evidence.

Prosecutors presented the letter Monday during Frein's trial on charges he killed Cpl. District Attorney Ray Tonkin says Frein was a terrorist and a cold-blooded killer who was "literally hunting humans" when he opened fire on the Blooming Grove barracks September 12, 2014.

Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin, outside the courtroom on Wednesday, said, "As you can see, the jury took this case seriously and looked at all the evidence and rendered a very serious verdict in the courtroom this afternoon". Bryon Dickson II was killed.

Frein, who led police on a 48-day manhunt through the Pocono Mountains before his capture by USA marshals, faces a potential death sentence if he's convicted of killing Cpl.

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