Defense: Widow's emotional testimony unfair to Eric Frein

Written by The Associated Press | May 11, 2017 8:47 AM

Photo by AP Photo/David Kidwell, File

In this Jan. 5, 2015, file photo, Eric Frein, left, is led from the Pike County Courthouse after his preliminary hearing in Milford..

(Milford) -- Defense attorneys say emotional testimony by a state trooper's widow was unfair to the sniper who killed that officer and wounded another, and so the death penalty the sniper faces should be overturned.

The motion filed in Pike County is the first by the defense since  Eric Frein was convicted last month in the September 2014 murder of Corporal Bryon Dickson II outside the Blooming Grove police barracks.

Trooper Alex Douglass was also wounded by Frein who was caught after a 48-day manhunt.

Frein's attorneys say Tiffany Dickson's emotional testimony overrode any "logical reasoned moral decision the jury could make to spare the life" of Frein.

The attorneys want a new sentencing hearing with stricter limits on emotional victim impact testimony.

A hearing on the motion hasn't been set.

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