MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — The daddy of a survivalist who ambushed two state police troopers, killing one among them, stated Monday that he failed his son by mendacity about his army exploits and by not pushing him more durable to develop up.
Eugene “Michael” Frein, sixty seven, testified in the course of the penalty part of his son’s capital homicide trial. He apologized to Eric Frein and added: “I do love him or I wouldn’t be right here.”
Eric Frein, 33, was convicted of capital homicide final week within the 2014 assault that killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson II and wounded a second trooper. He faces a possible demise sentence.
His father’s look on the witness stand got here hours after Frein confirmed up in courtroom matted and unsteady on his ft. His legal professionals stated he was refusing to speak with them and requested the decide for a psychological competency examination. Prosecutors accused Frein of malingering, and the decide refused the protection request.
Frein’s legal professionals are working to spare their shopper’s life partially by blaming his father.
Michael Frein advised jurors he spent 28 years within the army — retiring as an Military main — however lied to Eric by claiming he’d been wounded in Vietnam, when in actuality he by no means noticed fight. He stated he additionally falsely claimed to have been a sniper.
Eric Frein grew up listening to “false tales of a hero” and sought to emulate his father, protection lawyer Michael Weinstein stated.
Michael Frein informed the jury he thought his son would be a part of the army. As an alternative, Eric Frein turned a army re-enactor.
The gunman additionally by no means completed school, although he lied and advised his mother and father he had graduated.
“I failed Eric as a father. I failed him by not pushing him more durable,” stated Michael Frein, who has a doctorate in microbiology and labored within the pharmaceutical business producing vaccines. “I lied to him, so I failed there, too.”
Frein additionally stated he shared his political beliefs together with his son, telling Eric that “authorities’s too huge” and citing quite a lot of instances through which police had shot and killed suspects as “dangerous police work.”
However he stated he by no means inspired Eric Frein to focus on police.
“If he had a plan to shoot or kill anyone, I might’ve stopped him,” Michael Frein stated.
Prosecutors stated Michael Frein had a dialog April 14 together with his son by which he informed Eric, “It isn’t your fault. Your father is a nut job. That’s going to be your protection.”
Earlier Monday, Eric Frein’s legal professionals requested an emergency competency examination after…