Police ambush killer won’t take stand in bid to spare life
MILFORD | The gunman who ambushed two state police troopers at their barracks in 2014 decided Tuesday
he would not take the stand to try to persuade jurors to spare his life.
The defense rested its case after Eric Frein opted not to testify in the penalty phase of his capital murder trial. His lawyers said outside court they did not want to expose Frein to cross-examination, fearing he might try to “rationalize” the deadly ambush.
Frein, 33, was convicted last week of killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson II and critically wounding Trooper Alex Douglass in an unprovoked, random sniper attack at the Blooming Grove barracks. He was captured after a 48day manhunt.
Prosecutors have said Frein was
trying to foment a rebellion against the government.