Survivalist convicted of killing trooper in sniper ambush

  • Survivalist convicted of killing trooper in sniper ambush

Survivalist convicted of killing trooper in sniper ambush

The man accused of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper was convicted of all counts by a jury on Wednesday and now faces the death penalty - more than two years after he led law enforcement on a almost 50-day manhunt.

Frein was convicted of first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer, attempted murder, terrorism and two weapons of mass destruction counts related to the small bombs he left in the woods during the manhunt.

If Frein is convicted of first-degree murder, the defense will shift its focus to trying to persuade the jury to spare his life.

Frein, 33, who authorities say was an anti-government survivalist, was on trial for the killing of state Cpl. A second trooper, Alex Douglass, was shot as he tried to help Dickson and was left with debilitating injuries.

State and federal authorities immediately launched an intensive statewide search for Frein, who was ultimately captured by USA marshals at the end of October.

A jury convicted Eric Frein in the September 12, 2014, attack at the Blooming Grove state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania. Cpl.

Wednesday was the first of two verdicts for Frein, who will go to a penalty phase that will begin at 1:30 p.m. today in the Pike County Courthouse. "We have a very serious and somber proceeding to go through", he said.

Frein showed no emotion as the verdicts were read.

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

The abrupt end to the evidentiary part of the trial sets the stage for closing statements Wednesday morning and a possible verdict by the end of the day.

Lawyers for Eric Frein acknowledged that prosecutors had built a compelling case against their client, and they presented no evidence or testimony in his defense. He wrote a letter to his parents while on the run in which he talked about sparking a revolution.

Tonkin is seeking the death penalty.

"On behalf of the Pennsylvania State Police, I would like to thank the Pike County District Attorney, members of the jury, and the court for ensuring that a cowardly killer faces justice".