Will jurors opt for the death penalty in the Eric Frein murder trial

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MILFORD, PIKE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – The same jury that convicted Eric Frein for the murder of a state trooper and wounding another will now decide if he will spend the ret of his life behind bars – or be put to death.

The trial of Eric Frein, convicted Wednesday of ambushing two state troopers and killing one of them in 2014 entered a new phase Thursday afternoon.

The penalty phase has begun after a jury convicted him on all 12 charges Wednesday, including First Degree Murder, Terrorism and possessing a Weapon of Mass Destruction.

The 33 year old Frein now could face the death penalty or life in Prison.

It’s been more than two years since he killed Corporal Bryon Dickson and seriously wounded Trooper Alex Douglass. He then led authorities on a 48-day manhunt before he was captured.

State Police call the verdict a victory, though it was tempered by sadness.

“It doesn’t bring back Bryon, says Major George Bivens of the Pennsylvania State Police. “It doesn’t repair Alex’s injuries, but it’s a good day towards bringing justice.

The prosecution hopes to have the entire trial wrapped up by next week.

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