Ambush suspect a 'terrorist' who targeted police
- Author: Joanne Flowers Apr 23, 2017,
Apr 23, 2017, 7:36
Jurors reached a guilty verdict Wednesday in the case against a survivalist who killed a Pennsylvania state police trooper and critically wounded a second trooper in a 2014 ambush at their rural barracks.
With his conviction sealed, Frein, 33, now faces the death penalty.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Frein, who killed Cpl. Our thoughts remain with the family of Corporal Dickson, Trooper Douglass, and all those whose lives have been forever changed by the events of September 12, 2014.
After the shooting, Frein eluded a 48-day manhunt through the dense forests of the Pocono Mountains, about 100 miles (160 km) north of Philadelphia.
A Pennsylvania survivalist who hid in the forest under cover of night and opened fire with a sniper's rifle has been convicted of capital murder in the ambush slaying of a state police trooper he targeted at random.
The case will now move to the penalty phase, beginning tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.
"Despite some dastardly acts that he may have committed, and he did commit according to the jury, beyond a reasonable doubt, Eric deserves to live", Ruzzo said amid a heavy rain outside the Pike County Courthouse after the jury had reached their verdict.
The defense did not present any evidence or testimony at trial.
He shot two State Troopers, however, only one of them survived.
His DNA was found on the trigger of the murder weapon, and police recovered several handwritten notebook pages at Frein's wooded campsite in which he described the ambush.
Closing arguments were scheduled for Wednesday morning.
"Passing through the crucible of another revolution can get us back the liberties we once had", said the letter, which prosecutors said Frein wrote to his parents while on the run.
Pennsylvania has a moratorium on executions under Gov. Tom Wolf.
The $11 million manhunt, which put him on the FBI's most wanted list and left the community on edge for weeks, ended when he was captured by US marshals outside an abandoned airplane hangar in a former resort near Tannersville, Pennsylvania.