Defense: the Insanity plea is unlikely in trooper’s ambush killing

MILFORD, Pa. – A lawyer says an insanity defense is unlikely that in the trial of a man accused of a deadly ambush of Pennsylvania state trooper and wounding a second trooper in the vicinity of a rural barracks in eastern Pennsylvania.

Attorney William Ruzzo said during a hearing Friday that a form of insanity or diminished capacity defense is not planned for the 33-year-old Eric Frein (free).

The (Scranton) Times-Tribune says Ruzzo declined to comment after the hearing.

Jury selection is scheduled in March in Chester County, outside Philadelphia, for a panel bused to Pike County.

Frein is charged with killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson II and wounding another trooper outside the Blooming Grove barracks in September 2014.

He led the police on a tense 48-day manhunt before U. S. marshals caught him at about 30 km from the shooting scene.


Information from: The Times-Tribune,

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