Frein Ordered to Stand Trial in Trooper Slaying
Accused cop killer Eric Frein was ordered to stand trial Monday after a preliminary hearing in which a key piece of evidence — surveillance video showing the attack on two Pennsylvania state troopers — was shown publicly for the first time.
On the video, Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Bryon Dickson walks out into the night air at the Blooming Grove barracks, no doubt glad to be done his 3 to 11 p.m. shift.
Suddenly, he drops down and disappears from view.
There’s no sound on the Sept. 12 surveillance video, but one can imagine the screams of the female communications officer shown running back into the station and banging on a reception window for help.
Another trooper, Alex Douglass, appears on video a few seconds later. He too falls down, and is then seen in the next frame dragging himself through the barracks lobby on his elbows, his legs motionless behind him.
Douglass survived, Dickson was killed. Frein was captured only after a 48-day manhunt.
Prosecutors put on 10 witnesses before a judge bound Frein over for trial. William Ruzzo, one of Frein’s attorneys, told The Morning Call that the defense’s job is to avoid the death penalty for his client. “It’s a battle,” he said. “Our job is to just do our best to save Mr. Frein’s life.”