Eric Frein appears in court for last minute trial issues

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MILFORD, PIKE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – More than two years after prosecutors say he shot and killed one state trooper and injured another the trial of Eric Frein is quickly approaching in Pike county.

Frein was back in court Friday morning as lawyers worked out some last minute issues.

The court hearing only lasted roughly 15 minutes but Frein was transported from the Pike County courthouse for the proceedings.

Prosecutors wanted more information about an expert witness that could testify in the penalty phase of the trial if he is ultimately found guilty during the main phase of the trial.

With just over two full weeks until jury selection is slated to begin, lawyers discussed testimony that could be given by a neuro-psychologist.

“We’re looking forward to the trial. It’s been a long time and we’re looking forward to taking the steps to seek justice in this case,” Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin said.

In September 2014, Frein is accused of shooting and killing Corporal Bryon Dickson and wounding Trooper Alex Douglass outside the Blooming Grove barracks.

He was caught after a nearly 50 day manhunt in the woods.

Jury selection is slated to begin the first full week in March in Chester County outside Philadelphia. Lawyers are preparing for that.

“It’s a very highly sophisticated county. I spoke to a lawyer today, a very highly educated county,” defense attorney Michael Weinstein said.

While the legal wrangling continues, planning for security at the Pike County courthouse in Milford is also well underway.

Once jurors are selected in Chester County they will be brought to Pike County for the trial which is expected to begin with opening statements on April 3rd.

“We’ve been working on this hard for the last couple months and we’ve had two years to prepare,” Pike County sheriff Phil Bueki said.

“We’re talking about a month trial at least so it’s going to be a long time to shut streets off and take control of the courthouse,” Bueki said.

The Pike County District Attorney is seeking the death penalty against Eric Frein.

At this point it is unknown if there will be any other last-minute motion hearings for Eric Frein before his jury selection begins.

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