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Hearing delayed in police ambush case after judge bars media

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 19, 2016 12:43 PM
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(Milford) -- A judge has postponed a hearing for a man charged with ambushing two troopers outside a Pennsylvania State Police barracks after reporters objected to being excluded from part of it.

Eric Frein is charged with opening fire outside the Blooming Grove barracks in 2014, killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson and seriously wounding Trooper Alex Douglass. The suspect led police on a 48-day manhunt before his capture.

Frein's attorneys argue his video-recorded statement to police after his arrest should be thrown out. A judge asked reporters covering Tuesday's hearing to leave the courtroom so he could review the video. Media outlets objected, and the hearing was postponed.

Court documents say Frein told police that Dickson's slaying was an "assassination."

The defense is also challenging prosecutors' plan to seek the death penalty.

An earlier story:

Attorneys for a man charged with ambushing two troopers outside a Pennsylvania State Police barracks are in court arguing his statements to police should be thrown out.

Eric Frein is appearing at Tuesday morning's hearing in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Frein is charged with opening fire outside the Blooming Grove barracks in 2014, killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson and seriously wounding Trooper Alex Douglass. The suspect led police on a tense 48-day manhunt before U.S. marshals caught him.

Court documents say Frein spoke of wanting to start a revolution and called Dickson's slaying an "assassination" in a police interview after his capture.

His attorneys are trying to get those statements suppressed.

They're also challenging prosecutors' plan to seek the death penalty.

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