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FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2015, file photo, Eric Frein is led away by Pennsylvania State Police Troopers at the Pike County Courthouse after his preliminary hearing in Milford, Pa. Attorneys for Frein, charged in the 2014 ambush slaying of Pennsylvania Police Cpl. Bryon Dickson II, are asking a judge on the eve of his trial to throw out his videotaped confession. (Butch Comegys/The Times & Tribune via AP, File)
April 05, 2017 - 8:05 AM

MILFORD, Pa. - The Latest on the trial of an anti-government survivalist who's accused of killing a state trooper in an ambush (all times local):

11:05 a.m.

Pennsylvania state police troopers are describing for a jury how they responded to a deadly 2014 ambush at their barracks.

Eric Frein (freen) is charged with opening fire at the Blooming Grove barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania, killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson II and injuring Trooper Alex Douglass.

Two troopers testified Wednesday that they were in the patrol room waiting for their shift to end when they heard the initial gunshot. Within seconds, they knew that Dickson and Douglass had been shot just outside the barracks. The troopers grabbed rifles, then dragged Douglass and Dickson into a secure part of the barracks.

Troopers tried reviving Dickson, but he was declared dead at the scene.

Prosecutors played a radio transmission in which Douglass can be heard breathing heavily and asking when an ambulance would arrive. He was eventually rushed to the hospital and survived.

Frein led authorities on a 48-day manhunt before his capture. He could face a death sentence if convicted.


12:22 a.m.

Jurors are set to hear their first full day of testimony Wednesday in the trial of a man charged in a 2014 sniper attack that killed a Pennsylvania State Police trooper and injured a second.

Eric Frein (freen) is accused of opening fire outside the Blooming Grove barracks, killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson II and critically wounding Trooper Alex Douglass. Frein eluded capture for nearly seven weeks.

On Tuesday, a prosecutor used his opening statement to ask jurors to deliver "full justice" to Frein, calling him an assassin who targeted law enforcement in hopes of sparking a revolution. A police dispatcher testified how Dickson mouthed the words "help me" to her after he was shot.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Frein has pleaded not guilty.

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