Prosecution rests case in fatal Pa. trooper ambush

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Trial ending for Pennsylvania man who eluded manhunt in trooper ambush

The man who led authorities on a 48-day Pennsylvania manhunt almost three years ago - after killing a state trooper in an ambush - was convicted on a dozen felony counts Wednesday, and is now faced with the prospect of a death sentence.

Frein, 33, of Canadensis, Pennsylvania, faces the death penalty if he is convicted of the top charge of first-degree murder of a law-enforcement officer.

The trial of Eric Frein, a Pennsylvania outdoorsman accused of killing a state trooper in a 2014 sniper attack that triggered a massive manhunt, wraps up with closing arguments on Wednesday.

Cpl. Bryon Dickson II was killed and Trooper Alex Douglass was critically wounded in the 2014 attack. He led police on a 48-day manhunt before his capture in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Over 10 days, prosecutors called 54 witnesses and introduced almost 540 pieces of evidence to prove their case against Frein, accused of killing Cpl.

Jurors will now go through a sentencing phase of this trial to determine if Frein gets the death penalty.

Defense lawyer Bill Ruzzo says he'll appeal to jurors to spare Frein's life. "We can't make him a holy man, but we're trying to make him a man".

After the prosecution finished its case Tuesday morning, the defense called no witnesses and presented no evidence.

District Attorney Ray Tonkin says Frein was a terrorist and a cold-blooded killer who was "literally hunting humans" when he opened fire on the Blooming Grove barracks September 12, 2014.

The District Attorney calling Frein a "terrorist" in his closing argument.

Wolf applauded the verdict but didn't address Frein's sentence.

The dragnet shut down schools and roads and forced several small towns to cancel trick or treating on Halloween.

Tonkin is seeking the death penalty.

"Today justice was served and a brutal murderer will be held accountable for his heinous and cowardly acts against members of the Pennsylvania State Police", he said in a statement.

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