Chester County Jurors Will Decide Fate of Police Ambush Suspect Eric Frein

Jurors from Chester County will hear the murder case against accused cop killer Eric Frein.

Pennsylvania's State Supreme Court handed down the ruling Friday.

Frein, 33, is charged in the fatal shooting of Pennsylvania State Police Cpl. Bryon Dickson II and wounding of another trooper outside the Blooming Grove barracks in Pike County in September 2014.

He led police on a tense 48-day manhunt across Pike and Monroe counties before U.S. marshals caught him about 30 miles from the shooting scene. Frein has pleaded not guilty.

Court documents say Frein spoke of wanting to start a revolution in a letter to his parents and called Dickson's slaying an "assassination" during a police interview.

Last month, a member of Frein's defense team told the Citizens Voice he commends Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin for not insisting on a jury from Pike County.

"I think the judge did the right thing," said attorney Bill Ruzzo, according to the newspaper. "I think the DA was very professional to not insist on a jury from Pike County, which would have been to his advantage."

Tonkin is seeking the death penalty.

The Citizens Voice reports that decisions are yet to be made on a defense motion to suppress statements Frein made immediately after his arrest and the prosecution's motion to preclude Frein's attorneys from using an insanity defense.

His March trial will be held at the county courthouse in Milford, Pennsylvania.

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