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Judge Refuses to Overturn Death Sentence of Pennsylvania Trooper Killer

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    Eric Frein killed a state trooper and wounded another during a 2014 ambush in Pike County. Frein was sentenced to death on Wednesday night. NBC10’s Randy Gyllenhaal spoke with the surviving trooper just hours after Frein’s sentencing. (Published Thursday, April 27, 2017)

    A judge has rejected a motion to overturn the death sentence of a sniper who killed a Pennsylvania state trooper and wounded another outside their barracks.

    Michael Weinstein, one of the attorneys for 34-year-old Eric Frein, says Monday's ruling by a Pike County judge was "anticipated" and that the case will likely eventually wind up before the state Supreme Court.

    The defense motion was the first since Frein was convicted last month in the 2014 murder of Cpl. Bryon Dickson II outside the Blooming Grove barracks. Trooper Alex Douglass was also wounded by Frein, who was caught after a 48-day manhunt. Top News: Funeral for US Army Sergeant Killed in NigerTop News: Funeral for US Army Sergeant Killed in Niger

    Frein's attorneys argued that emotional testimony by Dickson's widow unfairly overrode any "logical reasoned moral decision the jury could make" to spare Frein's life.

    District Attorney Ray Tonkin has praised Monday's ruling.