A Pennsylvania man charged with killing one state
trooper and injuring another back in 2014 led police on a 48-day manhunt
through the Pocono Mountains before authorities captured him. Eric
Frein now could face the death penalty in his capital murder trial if he
is found guilty of killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson II and injuring Trooper
“We’re looking for fairness,” Frein’s lawyer, Michael
Weinstein, said as the selection for jury members was under way at the
Chester County courthouse outside of Philadelphia. “We’re looking for
jurors who can keep an open mind. Compassion.”
Both the prosecution and defense agreed to select the
jury from Chester County—150 miles away from the murder— because of the
effect the weeks-long incident had on Pike County residents. The
selected jurors will then go to Pike County for the trial.
For now, the group of jurors selected Thursday and
Friday will be back in the Chester County courthouse the following week
for further questioning.
A video of Frein confessing to the murder could be
used in court if his lawyers are unable to suppress it. They argue that
investigators didn’t tell Frein his family hired a lawyer to speak for
Frein has pleaded not guilty. Opening statements are scheduled for April.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Michelle Chavez is a Fox News multimedia reporter based in Pittsburgh.