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Testimony Ends in Eric Frein Trial, Closing Arguments Expected Wednesday

MILFORD -- Prosecutors rested their case Tuesday morning in the murder trial of accused cop killer Eric Frein and Frein's defense team rested without calling a single witness in the case.

Tuesday morning, prosecutors showed jurors photos of slain state trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson as they finished their case against Frein.

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Frein is accused of shooting two state troopers at the Blooming Grove barracks in September of 2014, killing Cpl. Dickson and severely wounding Trooper Alex Douglass.

Frein likely has one more day until jurors start to decide whether he's guilty of the deadly attack on the state police barracks.

"It's their job to evaluate the testimony. It's their job to evaluate the evidence and see whether it rises to the level of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. That's their job," said Frein's attorney Michael Weinstein.

Jurors will have plenty of evidence to help them make up their minds on 12 counts including first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer.

Prosecutors put a few dozen witnesses on the stand over two weeks of the trial, the result of a state police investigation into the deadly shooting of one of their own.

"It really spanned numerous agencies," said Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin. "Many of those agencies contributed to the finding of Eric Frein and bringing him here today to the steps of justice."

The final prosecution witness was a forensic pathologist who used a mannequin and autopsy photos of Corporal Bryon Dickson's body to describe the fatal gunshot wounds.

Without calling a single witness for the defense, Frein's attorneys are prepared to attempt to save his life at the penalty stage of trial, calling friends and family to the stand if the accused cop killer is convicted of the most serious charge against him.

"We hope the jury will understand that Eric Frein is a human being, and displays qualities of humanity and a core of goodness we all have," said Frein's attorney Bill Ruzzo.

Frein was captured after a 48-day manhunt in Monroe and Pike Counties.

Closing arguments are expected in Pike County Court Wednesday morning.

21 comments

  • magicmikexxsm

    “We hope the jury will understand that Eric Frein is a human being, and displays qualities of humanity and a core of goodness we all have,” said Frein’s attorney Bill Ruzzo………………………………………………………………………………………

    Wow , and to think this guy gets paid lots of money to say this bullkrap…..really do good human beings pick up a gun and go out and shoot and kill people like a sniper?????? unfortunately Frein will get life, nobody dies in Pa. to many cup cake liberals in the state…..Frein should have never made it out of the woods alive….would have died in a shoot out.”wink wink”

  • Plain and Simple

    I do not like the fact that the PSP beat the crap out of Frein when they captured him…the corruption in this state is ridiculous…he did it to spark a revolution?! That seems odd to me…too many unanswered questions. I would love to talk to his parents.

  • Rights

    I personally don’t think he should get the death penalty. Maybe have a certain amount of time in jail yes cause what he did was wrong BUT I believe there is more to the story that one believes. I don’t believe he’s a “cop killer” as one puts it. If he wanted to just kill cops for the fun of it there would be more cops dead. Like I said I personally think there is a lot to be skeptical with this case cause all the ducks don’t line up in a row. Also he doesn’t exactly come off as a crazed killer as they make him out to be ….. think about it why would a killer care about kids hurting themselves and made sure he told the cops about his guns. Not to mention think about it … two wrongs don’t make a right ….. how is putting Eric to death going to solve anything or bring justice ?! It’s not going to bring back the one cop and it’s not going to take away the critical condition of the other. So why kill for kill?! It’s solves nothing. I’ve have other personal opinions about this case but I am choosing to keep them to myself. But all I can say is he DOSENT DESERVE TO DIE and please be more open minded. Just my opinion not judging anyone else’s and I’m not looking to start a debate, thanks

    • Oleo Sampucci

      Please explain the cover up and conspiracy theory to me. If you really think that the prosecution and defense, DA, judge and goodness knows who else orchestrated this giant “story”, you need to run to the State AG’s office and tell them that you have hard evidence. If not, get a life.

      • Rights

        It’s called an opinion as I stated …. not a fact . I have a life thank you how about you get a clue and understand this is all OPINIONS. Thanks

    • Rights

      I just wanted to add that yes I feel bad for these officers I’m not against that what so over so please don’t mistake what I said for being insensitive.

      • Rights

        Well you are not the one who is justified to say my opinion is right or wrong …..that’s why it’s called an opinion…. DUH

  • PA SMELLS LIKE POO POO

    I am not convinced this man has done anything yet too many unanswered questions and it looks like a coverup or maybe even a setup! It is Pa..

    • Oleo Sampucci

      Please tell me how he was set up. #1 it would make a great book and #2 it would really be the “crime of the century.” You people are drinking too much Stegmeier Beer and blowing too much weed. Get a job.

  • AUGIE

    I hope prosecution gets a confession soon because they haven’t proved a thing. Did anyone else see the looks on the juror’s faces when Frein’s attorney asked “if a black man was ever at their house”? PRICELESS.

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