Po­lice am­bush killer won’t take stand in bid to spare life

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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.

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