Eric Frein in hospital, trial delayed until Thursday afternoon
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 20:22
State police troopers told a jury Friday they found a sniper manual inside the home of an anti-government sharpshooter charged in a 2014 barracks ambush that killed one trooper and wounded another.
Frein could face a death sentence if he's convicted of killing Cpl.
FILE - In this January 5, 2015, file photo, Eric Frein is led away by Pennsylvania State Police Troopers at the Pike County Courthouse after his preliminary hearing in Milford, Pa. Attorneys for Frein, charged in the 2014 ambush slaying of Pennsylvania Police Cpl.
The testimony came on the second day of trial for 33-year-old Eric Frein, who's pleaded not guilty in the attack.
"I looked at him and told him, 'I can't, '" she recounted tearfully.
What he found netted him a $22,000 reward check from Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers.
Five troopers gave jurors a dramatic inside look at the September 12, 2014, ambush that killed Cpl. Douglass, who likewise had been coming on to start the midnight shift, spotted the fallen Dickson and tried pulling him into the building, was lying wounded in the barracks lobby, having been shot through both hips.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. His trial began Tuesday in Pike County Court, and is expected to last several weeks.
At this point it is not clear why he was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital - Pocono.
Eric Frein's parents say they were told Frein fell while brushing his teeth and hit his head.
A judge ruled against Eric Frein, whose lawyer argued he clearly invoked his right to remain silent before going on to incriminate himself "dozens of times" in a police interview after his arrest. The hospital discharged him without restriction at about noon.
State police troopers on Wednesday described for a jury how they responded in the chaotic minutes and hours after a sniper targeted their barracks, shooting two troopers from a wooded area across the street during a late-night shift change.
The cellphone call, made to Eric Matthew Frein's parents' home in Canadensis on September 18, 2014, sent a signal to a tower in Price Twp., leading police to believe Frein might be nearby.
State police searched the camp and found two bombs, made more deadly with hardware nuts super-glued to the exterior.
Golden joined other troopers in quickly formulating a plan, grabbing long guns and ballistic shields from the barracks weapons locker. Trooper Sean Doran, of the state police Forensic Services Unit, returned to the stand Thursday and narrated a series of pictures of the Jeep, submerged to the hubcaps in water.