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TIMELINE |Frein's fate now in hands of jury, a review of the penalty phase so far:

Closing arguments are set to begin this morning in the trial of Eric Frein, the 33-year-old accused of gunning down a state trooper and shooting another during an ambush-style attack in 2014. Frein could face the death penalty if found guilty in the case.

Closing arguments are set to begin this morning in the trial of Eric Frein, the 33-year-old accused of gunning down a state trooper and shooting another during an ambush-style attack in 2014. Frein could face the death penalty if found guilty in the case.

Here is a review of the trial thus far.

March 9: Timeline | Manhunt for Eric Frein

Frein is accused in an ambush on State Police barracks in Pike County, but the jury picked today will come from Chester County.

Police say that he planned the shooting for months, if not years.

Frein has pleaded not guilty, he remains in the Pike County jail. Read More ... http://local21news.com/news/local/jury-selection-for-the-trial-of-eric-frein-starts-today

March 23: Main jury picked in trial of barracks shooting suspect

Prosecutors and defense attorneys selected three jurors on Thursday to round out the jury that will weigh capital murder charges against 33-year-old Eric Frein (freen). Six alternate jurors still have to be picked. Read More ... http://local21news.com/news/local/main-jury-picked-in-trial-of-barracks-shooting-suspect

March 28: Jury selection finished in trial of barracks ambush suspect

The jury will weigh murder charges against 33-year-old Eric Frein (freen). He's charged with killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson II and critically wounding Trooper Alex Douglass in a late-night attack outside the Blooming Grove barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania. Frein led authorities on a 48-day manhunt in the Pocono Mountains before his capture by U.S. Marshals. Read More ... http://local21news.com/news/local/jury-selection-finished-in-trial-of-barracks-ambush-suspect

April 3: Judge allows confession in barracks ambush

Pike County Judge Gregory Chelak on Monday denied a defense request to suppress a police interview with Eric Frein (freen) on the night of his capture.

The defense had asked Chelak to throw out the confession, saying troopers got Frein to implicate himself even after he told them he didn't want to talk to them. Read More ... http://local21news.com/news/local/trooper-ambush-suspects-lawyers-want-confession-tossed

April 4: Trial for accused cop killer Eric Frein set to begin

It took nearly three years, but Eric Frien's homicide trial is set to begin today. The 33-year-old is accused of killing a state trooper and wounding another one in an ambush-style attack.

"Unfortunately the legal system provides sometimes inordinate delays, but we will be ready to start to seek justice,” said Ray Tonkin, Pike County District Attorney. Read More ... http://local21news.com/news/local/trial-for-accused-cop-killer-eric-frein-set-to-begin

April 4: 'Help me': Police dispatcher recounts deadly barracks ambush

On Tuesday, a prosecutor used his opening statement to ask jurors to deliver "full justice" to Frein, calling him an assassin who targeted law enforcement in hopes of sparking a revolution. A police dispatcher testified how Dickson mouthed the words "help me" to her after he was shot. Read More ... http://local21news.com/news/local/jury-hears-opening-statements-in-trial-over-barracks-ambush

April 5: Troopers detail response to sniper targeting their barracks

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. Read More ... http://local21news.com/news/local/troopers-detail-response-to-sniper-targeting-their-barracks

April 6: Trial to resume this afternoon, Frein hospitalized after falling while brushing his teeth

The trial of an anti-government sharpshooter charged with killing a Pennsylvania police trooper in a 2014 ambush at their barracks is set to resume hours after the suspect was taken to the hospital. Read More ... http://local21news.com/news/local/eric-frein-taken-to-hospitalized-trial-delayed

April 10: Search for barracks ambush suspect a 'needle in a haystack'

A law enforcement official says the intense hunt for a survivalist suspected of ambushing troopers at a Pennsylvania state police barracks was like looking for the "proverbial needle in a haystack." Read More ... http://local21news.com/news/local/search-for-barracks-ambush-suspect-a-needle-in-a-haystack

April 11: 'Legitimate remorse' from police ambush suspect

The attorney for a man charged in the fatal ambush of a state police barracks says his client showed "legitimate remorse" in a police interview on the night of his capture.

Michael Weinstein spoke to reporters Tuesday after prosecutors showed Eric Frein's (freenz) videotaped interview to a jury.

The video shows Frein telling investigators, "I did this. No one else did." He added, "All I can say is I'm sorry." Read More ... http://local21news.com/news/local/jurors-watch-police-interview-with-barracks-ambush-suspect-04-11-2017

April 12: Journal describes ambush suspect's movements during manhunt

A survivalist who eluded capture for 48 days after allegedly killing a trooper in a 2014 ambush says police were about a football field away from him at one point during the manhunt.

Authorities say they found Eric Frein's journal at the airplane hangar where he was hiding out until his arrest. A trooper testified about the journal at Frein's capital murder trial on Wednesday. Read More ... http://local21news.com/news/local/journal-describes-ambush-suspects-movements-during-manhunt

April 13: Doctor who saved trooper testifies against Frein

The doctor who worked to save a critically wounded Pennsylvania trooper described his efforts during testimony at the trial of a survivalist sniper accused of shooting the trooper and killing another one in the 2014 attack. Read More ... http://local21news.com/news/local/expert-police-ambush-suspect-wrote-about-attack-in-journal

April 17: Survivalist researched escaping manhunts before fatal ambush

A computer forensics expert testified Monday at the trial of Eric Frein, who's charged in the 2014 attack that killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson II and critically wounded Trooper Alex Douglass.

Frein's laptop was used to search online for "how to escape a manhunt" and "how are manhunts conducted" in May 2013. Read More ... http://local21news.com/news/local/jurors-see-letter-survivalist-wrote-to-parents-after-ambush

April 18: Things we learned from barracks ambush suspect's confession

Eric Frein's videotaped statement to police, recorded on the night of his 2014 capture and aired publicly for the first time during his capital murder trial last week, offered new details into what the suspect was thinking and doing before, during and after the deadly ambush that killed one trooper and left a second with devastating injuries. Read More ... http://local21news.com/news/local/things-we-learned-from-barracks-ambush-suspects-confession

April 18: Ambushed trooper: 'Coward' shot me and killed comrade

Alex Douglass used to be 180 pounds of muscle and sinew, a CrossFit and running enthusiast who ran a 50-mile ultra-marathon when he wasn't working his day job as a state police trooper.

All of that was ended by a sniper's bullet. Read More ... http://local21news.com/news/local/ambushed-trooper-coward-shot-me-and-killed-comrade

April 18: Prosecution has rested in the Frein trial, closing arguments begin tomorrow

Jurors saw autopsy photos Tuesday morning, as well as the bulletproof vest that Dickson was wearing when he was killed by a rifle bullet. A warning label inside the vest says it's not intended to protect against rifle fire.

After the prosecution finished its case Tuesday morning, the defense called no witnesses and presented no evidence. Read More ... http://local21news.com/news/local/prosecution-has-rested-in-the-frein-trial-closing-arguments-begin-tomorrow

April 19: Closing arguments expected today in Frein trial

Closing arguments are set to begin this morning in the trial of Eric Frein, the 33-year-old accused of gunning down a state trooper and shooting another during an ambush-style attack in 2014. Frein could face the death penalty if found guilty in the case.

"There has to be a defense that's based in fact and it doesn't appear to me that they had any factual basis for a defense," said Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin after testimony wrapped up yesterday. Read More ... http://local21news.com/news/local/closing-arguments-expected-today-in-frein-trial

April 19: Survivalist convicted of killing trooper in sniper ambush

A jury convicted Eric Frein, 33, in the Sept. 12, 2014, attack at the Blooming Grove state police barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania. Cpl. Bryon Dickson II, a married father of two, was killed, and a second trooper was shot through the hips and left debilitated.

Frein was "literally hunting humans" when he peered at his targets through a scope during a late-night shift change and squeezed the trigger four times, Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin told jurors in his closing argument. He called Frein a terrorist who sought to change the government through bullets and bombs. Read More ... http://local21news.com/news/local/survivalist-convicted-of-killing-trooper-in-sniper-ambush

April 19: Frein guilty verdict draws mixed emotions, sentencing phase begins Thursday

As the sentencing phase begins the defense will be working to save Frein's life while the prosecution argues to end it.

"It doesn't bring back Bryon it doesn't repair Alex's injuries but it's a good day towards bringing justice," Major George Bivens with Pennsylvania State Police said. Read More ... http://local21news.com/news/local/frein-guilty-verdict-draws-mixed-emotions-sentencing-phase-begins-thursday

April 20: Survivalist who ambushed police seeks to avoid death penalty

The focus now shifts to the impact of Eric Frein's crimes. He killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson, a 38-year-old Marine veteran, and critically wounded Trooper Alex Douglass, who was shot as he came to the aid of his mortally wounded comrade and suffers from a range of health problems. Read More ... http://local21news.com/news/local/survivalist-who-ambushed-police-seeks-to-avoid-death-penalty

April 21: Slain trooper's widow angry 'I can't grow old with him now'

The widow of a state police trooper shot and killed by a survivalist in a 2014 ambush described a sad, lonely life without him and said their two young sons are struggling.

"I don't have a break. I'm just really tired," Tiffany Dickson, the widow of Cpl. Bryon Dickson II, told jurors on Thursday at the trial of her husband's killer. Read More ... http://local21news.com/news/local/slain-troopers-widow-angry-i-cant-grow-old-with-him-now

April 21: Trooper's life explored as jurors weigh death for his killer

Jurors are learning about the life of a state police trooper gunned down in a 2014 ambush as they weigh a potential death sentence for his killer.

Bryon Dickson's sister and one of his best friends testified Friday at the penalty phase of Eric Frein's trial. Read More ... http://local21news.com/news/local/troopers-life-explored-as-jurors-weigh-death-for-his-killer

April 22: Trooper's mother says she doesn't hate killer, wants justice

The mother of a slain Pennsylvania State Police trooper says she doesn't hate her son's killer but wants him held accountable.

Darla Dickson testified Friday at the penalty phase of Eric Frein's (freen's) trial. Read More ... http://local21news.com/news/local/troopers-mother-says-she-doesnt-hate-killer-wants-justice

April 23: Police ambush killer's strategy to avoid death: Blame Dad

As Eric Frein tries to avoid death row for ambushing two Pennsylvania State Police troopers at their barracks, defense lawyers are suggesting they intend to raise questions about his father's influence on the gunman, a college dropout and ne'er-do-well who lived with his parents into his 30s. Read More ... http://local21news.com/news/local/police-ambush-killers-strategy-to-avoid-death-blame-dad-04-24-2017

April 24: Judges refuses competency hearing for police ambush killer

A judge has rejected a request for an emergency competency hearing for a survivalist who ambushed two Pennsylvania State Police troopers and now refuses to communicate with his lawyers. Read More ... http://local21news.com/news/local/judges-refuses-competency-hearing-for-police-ambush-killer

April 25: Police ambush killer's mother begs for his life

The mother of a survivalist who ambushed two Pennsylvania State Police troopers made an emotional appeal for her son's life Monday, telling jurors who are weighing the death penalty for him, "I want my son to be saved." Read More ... http://local21news.com/news/local/police-ambush-killers-mother-begs-for-his-life

April 25: Police ambush gunman's sister calls him her 'protector'

The younger sister of a man who fatally shot a Pennsylvania State Police trooper in a 2014 ambush says he was her "protector" against their abusive parents.

Tiffany Frein took the witness stand Tuesday in the penalty phase of her brother's capital murder trial. Eric Frein faces a potential death sentence for killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson II and wounding Trooper Alex Douglass in the attack at their barracks. Read More ... http://local21news.com/news/local/police-ambush-gunmans-sister-calls-him-her-protector-04-25-2017

April 26: DOC says it will cost $57K each year to house Frein, manhunt cost PSP $11M

The Department of Corrections says it costs about $10,000 additional annually to house a capital case inmate. The average cost per inmate is $47,000, increasing to $57,000 for capital cases such as Frein's. The additional cost comes from the need for additional staff to escort the inmate in and out of their cell, according to the department.

The 48 hour manhunt for Frein in the Pocono Mountains cost State Police more than $11 million dollars. Read More ... http://local21news.com/news/local/doc-says-it-will-cost-57k-each-year-to-house-frein

April 26: Testimony ends in penalty phase of police ambush killer

Testimony has ended in a hearing to determine whether a gunman gets the death penalty or life without parole for ambushing two Pennsylvania troopers at their barracks.

A jury is expected to begin weighing the sentence for Eric Frein after closing arguments Wednesday afternoon. Read More ... http://local21news.com/news/local/testimony-ends-in-penalty-phase-of-police-ambush-killer-04-26-2017


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