April 4, 2017

Frein trial underway (update)

Lots of media in town for the trial

MILFORD – Opening statements consumed the first morning of the Eric Frein trial in Pike County Court this morning.  Assistant District Attorney Bruce DeSarro spoke for over an hour, detailing each of the charges against Frein, who is accused of killing State Police Corporal Eric Dickson and wounding of trooper Alex Douglass outside the Blooming Grove barracks in September, 2014.

Lead defense attorney Michael Weinstein spoke for about 15 minutes, asking the jury to listen to all of the testimony before passing judgement. 

Security was tight around the courthouse as Frein arrived in a convoy of state police SUVs and was quickly transferred into court behind a black security tarp put in place for the trial. 

There does not appear to be high interest our curiosity about the trial, even on opening day.  The courtroom was not full.  Reporters were given the first two rows of seats.  About 25 state troopers and other law enforcement were in the courtroom, but spectators did not turn out in big numbers.

The trial is expected to last at least three to four weeks. 


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