Judge refuses to overturn Eric Frein's death sentence

Written by The Associated Press | May 16, 2017 7:23 AM
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(Milford) -- A judge has rejected a motion to overturn the death sentence of a sniper who killed a  state police corporal and wounded another outside their Pike County barracks.

Michael Weinstein, one of the attorneys for 34-year -old Eric Frein, says the ruling by a Pike County judge was "anticipated" and that the case will likely eventually wind up before the state Supreme Court.

The defense motion was the first since Frein was convicted last month in the 2014 murder of Corporal Bryon Dickson II outside the Blooming Grove barracks.

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

Frein's attorneys argued that emotional testimony by Dickson's widow unfairly overrode any "logical reasoned moral decision the jury could make" to spare Frein's life.

District Attorney Ray Tonkin praised the ruling.

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