MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — The gunman who ambushed two state police troopers at their barracks in 2014 determined Tuesday he wouldn’t take the stand to attempt to persuade jurors to spare his life.
The protection rested its case after Eric Frein opted to not testify within the penalty part of his capital homicide trial. His legal professionals stated outdoors courtroom they didn’t need to expose Frein to cross-examination, fearing he may attempt to “rationalize” the lethal ambush.
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Frein, 33, was convicted final week of killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson II and critically wounding Trooper Alex Douglass in an unprovoked, random sniper assault on the Blooming Grove barracks. He was captured after a forty eight-day manhunt.
Prosecutors have stated Frein was making an attempt to foment a insurrection towards the federal government. The jury is predicted to start deliberations Wednesday on whether or not to condemn him to demise or to life in jail with out parole.
On Tuesday, Frein’s 20-yr-previous sister, Tiffany, forged him as a protecting older brother.
Tiffany Frein, who was adopted into the household when she was four, described a extremely dysfunctional family. She stated her father, Eugene Michael “Mike” Frein, bodily abused her, as soon as punching her within the face seven occasions after she referred to as him a vulgar identify. She testified that her mom was a egocentric manipulator.
Her brother stood up for her, she stated.
“He made me really feel like somebody truly beloved me,” Tiffany Frein stated.
Frein’s half-sister, Ellen Mitchell, testified that Mike Frein used to put late-night time, drunken calls to her and raged about “eager to kill individuals.”
“I didn’t have time to cope with my father’s loopy,” she stated.
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Mike Frein, who earned a doctorate and labored on vaccines, beforehand acknowledged to the jury he had a consuming drawback greater than a decade in the past.
The protection, making an attempt to show a mitigating circumstance the jury might weigh in its deliberations, has sought to painting Mike Frein as a domineering, indignant however extremely completed determine whom Eric Frein seemed as much as and tried to emulate.
Mike Frein, who logged 28 years within the army and retired as a serious, admitted to jurors Monday he lied to his household for years about seeing fight in Vietnam and about being a sniper.
Eric, in the meantime, was a army re-enactor and school dropout who lived together with his mother and father into his 30s.
Mike Frein additionally advised the jury he had shared his political beliefs with…