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Frein's lawyers to ask for change of venue in barracks ambush

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 10, 2016 8:00 AM
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(Milford) -- Lawyers for a survivalist charged with fatally ambushing a state police trooper outside a Pike County barracks are due in court today to argue his trial should be moved out of the area.

Defense lawyers say that Eric Frein can't get a fair trial in the county in the Poconos, due to heavy news coverage about the 2014 ambush.

His attorneys also say Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin distributed campaign flyers last year that referenced the case and surrounded Frein "with an aura of guilt.''

Frein is charged with fatally shooting Corporal Bryon K. Dickson II and seriously wounding another trooper, Alex Douglass, outside the Blooming Grove barracks

He led police on a tense 48-day manhunt before U.S. marshals caught him about 30 miles from the shooting scene.

Frein has pleaded not guilty.

Authorities are seeking the death penalty.

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