Jury Verdict- Death Penalty for Eric Frein

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MILFORD, PIKE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)  The jury in the Eric Frein murder case has decided on the death penalty .

Eyewitness News Reporter Eric Deabill says Frein showed no emotion.    There was an audible “Yes” from the state police members in the courthouse. The Pike County Sheriff rang the bell atop the courthouse, a tradition that happens only when a death penalty sentence is reached. The last time that happened was in the mid-80’s.

The same jury convicted Frein last week of shooting and killing a Pennsylvania State Police Corporal Bryon Dickson and wounding Trooper Alex Douglass in 2014. 

The shootings sparked an intense 50-day manhunt before Frein was finally captured.

The jury began deliberating the life or death sentence late Wednesday after.

“I think it should be the death penalty,” said Paul Dudrich of Archbald who was inside the court. “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.”

13 year old Dakota Steele was one of the youngest observers inside the courtroom. She had asked her mother to take here there saying “In my opinion, it’s a very educational experience for me. And in class we’ve been learning about it.”

Formal sentencing is scheduled for 1:30 pm Thursday afternoon.

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