DA wants insanity defense barred in trooper’s ambush death

MILFORD, Pa. (AP) – Prosecutors are seeking to bar a survivalist from using a possible insanity defense at his trial in the ambush shooting death of a Pennsylvania state police trooper outside a rural barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Thirty-two-year-old Eric Frein is charged in Pike County in the September 2014 gunfire that killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson and seriously wounding Trooper Alex Douglass. He was arrested after a 48-day manhunt.

District Attorney Ray Tonkin filed a motion Friday saying defense attorneys must notify prosecutors at the time of pretrial motions if they plan to use a defense of insanity or mental infirmity.

Defense attorney William Ruzzo told The (Scranton) Times-Tribune on Monday that the defense is still consulting with a psychiatric expert.

The defense wants the trial moved or an outside jury brought in.

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