Testimony ends in penalty phase of police ambush killer Eric Frein


A jury Wednesday ordered the death penalty for Eric Frein, who gunned down two state troopers outside their Pike County barracks in 2014 and then eluded more than 1,000 law-enforcement officers until he was captured in the Poconos after 48 days.

Testimony ended in the penalty phase of Eric Frein's trial, with closing arguments scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.Eric Frein, 33, could be sentenced to death in the 2014 ambush that killed Cpl. Those are that Dickson was a police officer killed in the line of duty and Frein killed him while committing other felonies, which include the attempted killing of Douglass and terrorism.

All 12 jurors agreed Eric Frein should be executed for murdering Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Bryon Dickson and for Trooper Alex Douglass, it was the final chapter of a two and a half year saga.

He led authorities on a 48-day Pennsylvania manhunt almost three years ago and was convicted on a total of 12 felony counts. In a letter to his parents, written while he was on the run but never sent, he complained about lost liberties, spoke of revolution and said, "The time seems right for a spark to ignite a fire in the hearts of men".

Douglass, who has endured 18 surgeries and might lose his lower leg, smiled broadly as the sentenced was pronounced but did not comment afterward.

Blocker said Dickson "will always remain in the hearts of all members of the Pennsylvania State Police forever", directing a message to the slain trooper's family.

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"Full justice is sentencing this defendant to death", he declared.

The jury delivered a guilty verdict sentencing Frein to die by lethal injection.

Prosecutors portrayed Frein as a remorseless killer who randomly attacked in hopes of fomenting rebellion. Frein also shot and wounded another State Trooper in that same incident.

There are 171 people on death row in Pennsylvania, which hasn't carried out an execution since 1999 and only three since the U.S. Supreme Court restored the death penalty more than 40 years ago. A statewide moratorium on executions has been imposed by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.

Defense attorney William Ruzzo said Frein "is not very vociferous about the penalty phase of the case".

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