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Frein's lawyer: Suppress statements in trooper ambush case

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 18, 2016 8:33 AM
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(Mildford) -- A lawyer for the man charged in a deadly ambush outside a State Police barracks in Pike County wants statements he made during interrogation suppressed.

Attorney William Ruzzo is also challenging a prosecutor's decision to seek the death penalty against Eric Frein.

Corporal Bryon Dickson was killed and Trooper Alex Douglass was wounded in the September 2014 attack outside the Blooming Grove barracks. 

Frein led police on a 48-day manhunt before marshals captured him near an abandoned airplane hangar.

He has pleaded not guilty. 

In a motion filed in Pike County Court, Russo says Frein's rights were violated during questioning because, among other things, he wasn't told a lawyer hired by his parents was waiting to see him. 

Russo also filed a motion saying the death penalty is unconstitutional.

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