HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the state’s highest court, on January 10 upheld the death penalty for convicted cop-killer Eric Frein. In 2014 Frein was accused of …
HARRISBURG, PA — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the state’s highest court, on January 10 upheld the death penalty for convicted cop-killer Eric Frein. In 2014 Frein was accused of ambushing two Pennsylvania State Police Troopers, killing one Corporal Bryon Dickson II, and seriously wounding another, Alex Douglas.
Frein then lead up to one thousand law enforcement officials on a 48-day manhunt.
Frein was convicted of the crimes in 2017 and sentenced to death. Justice Debra Todd wrote in a lengthy opinion that the evidence presented at trial was enough to support the murder conviction and death penalty.
Frein’s lawyers had also argued that the trial judge violated Frein’s rights by allowing the jury to look at a videotape of the interview Frein agreed to with officials after his arrest. The court rejected that and other challenges.
Frein is serving time on death row, but no Pennsylvania prisoners have been executed in nearly 20 years, and Gov. Tom Wolf imposed a moratorium on executions in 2015. Wolf has said the moratorium will remain in place until various problems identified in the state’s death sentence system are addressed.