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Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Penn. man found guilty of murdering State Trooper

Penn. man found guilty of murdering State Trooper

Frein, 33, of Canadensis, Pennsylvania, faces the death penalty if he is convicted of the top charge of first-degree murder of a law-enforcement officer.

A jury has found Eric Frein guilty on all 12 charges in the ambush shooting and killing of state troopers in Pike County. He shot Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson dead and wounded trooper Alex Douglass.

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, in the northeast corner of the state.

Over 10 days, prosecutors called 54 witnesses and introduced almost 540 pieces of evidence to prove their case against Frein, accused of killing Cpl.

Tonkin said he will be seeking "full justice", while defense lawyer Bill Ruzzo said he will appeal to jurors to spare Frein's life. Dickson was killed and Douglass severely injured. "We can't make him a holy man, but we're trying to make him a man".

The defense did not present any evidence or testimony at trial.

Closing arguments were scheduled for this morning.Pike County District Attorney Raymond J. Tonkin is seeking the death penalty against Frein, 33, who allegedly opened fire from a wooded area across the street from the Blooming Grove barracks in Pike County on September 12, 2014. Cpl. He wrote a letter to his parents while on the run in which he talked about sparking a revolution.

During closing arguments, Pike County DA Ray Tonkin said Frein was "literally hunting humans."

The dragnet shut down schools and roads and hurt businesses in the mountainous region, which leans heavily on tourism.

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

As the verdict was read, Frein was standing with his head down, hands folded in front of him.

After hearing all the witnesses, a process that court officials say could take several days, jurors will be asked to weigh the aggravating and mitigating factors. He says the verdict means "a brutal murderer will be held accountable for his heinous and cowardly acts". "We will be working toward the appropriate sentence in this case".

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