Pennsylvania man who eluded manhunt goes on trial in trooper ambush
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 06, 2017,
Apr 06, 2017, 8:31
The murder trial of Eric Frein is underway and News 8 has learned that he will not testify.
After the September 2014 ambush, Frein, an experienced outdoorsman, eluded an intensive, 48-day manhunt through the dense forests of the Pocono Mountains, about 100 miles north of Philadelphia, in the northeast corner of the state.
If the jury convicts Frein, they will have to decide between a death sentence or life in prison. Bryon Dickson II, critically wounded Trooper Alex Douglass and led to a 48-day manhunt in the Pocono Mountains before USA marshals captured Frein. "Right there, Cpl. Dickson's service, and his watch, on behalf of all of us, came to an end".
The dispatcher tearfully told the jury she went outside and saw Dickson lying on the ground, his eyes staring into the sky, mouthing the words "help me".
Opening statements are today.
"When he was trying to speak all I heard was the blood in his throat", Palmer said, according to the Morning Call.
She watched media reports, read the newspapers and discussed Frein and his alleged ambush with friends, so when she saw him in the courtroom on Monday, wearing a brown suit, tie and navy dress trousers, she said, "I feel like I am in a movie".
Attorneys for Eric Frein contend police violated his rights on the night of his arrest by continuing to interrogate him after he told them he didn't want to "answer questions about crimes". On Tuesday, the almost full room included about 20 Pennsylvania State Troopers, wearing suits and identifying name badges.
Prosecutors twice read from Frein's journal to reinforce his anti-government stance, WGAL reported.
Weinstein reminded jurors that Frein is presumed innocent and said the government must prove its case.
Defense attorneys said they do not plan to call Frein to the stand to testify. "It will give you a chance to see what he's like", Weinstein said.
DeSarro also showed them portions of a letter that authorities say Frein wrote to his parents while on the run.
Frein, who lived with his parents in Canadensis, allegedly carried out an ambush attack at a rural state police barracks two and a half years ago that left Cpl. "Tension is high at the moment and the time seems right for a spark to ignite a fire in the hearts of men".
The prosecution began by laying out the case against Frein with an elaborate opening statement, and then emotional testimony from the woman who witnessed that deadly attack at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove. Bryon Dickson II on his back outside their Blooming Grove barracks after the alleged assassin, Eric Frein, gunned him down.