PIKE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Many people gathered outside the Pike County Courthouse to hear the verdict in the Eric Frein trial. Eyewitness News Reporter Kelly Choate talked with those waiting outside the courthouse after Frein was sentenced to death
Paul Dudrich was one of several spectators who came out to witness the culmination of this high-profile court case in Pike County. The Archbald man agrees with the jury’s decision that Eric Frein deserves to die for murdering Corporal Bryon Dickson and wounding Trooper Alex Douglass in 2014.
“I think it should be the death penalty. From what I witnessed and what I’ve seen and observed, if I was on the jury, that’s what I would be voting for.” noted Dudrich
“If he killed somebody like that, he should have the same penalty. An eye for an eye!” added Dakota Steele of Milford
Steele was one of the youngest observers inside the courtroom. The 13-year-old asked her mother to take her here.
“In my opinion, it’s a very educational experience for me. And in class we’ve been learning about it.” she told Eyewitness News.
Dudrich says this community has been waiting for two-and-a-half years to hear this news. And he hopes the families involved can start the healing process.
“This whole area was paralyzed! Schools were closed during the hunt for Frein, so I think there will be closure for everyone involved.” he added