Judge sets March trial in police barracks ambush shooting

FILE- In this Jan. 5, 2015, file photo, Eric Frein, left, is led from the Pike County Courthouse after his preliminary hearing in Milford, Pa. Frein is charged with fatally shooting a Pennsylvania state trooper and wounded another during an ambush at their barracks in September 2014. (AP Photo/David Kidwell, File)

MILFORD, Pa. (AP) – A judge has set a March trial for a man charged with fatally ambushing a state police trooper near a rural barracks in eastern Pennsylvania.

The order by Pike County Judge Gregory Chelak also says an out-of-county jury will be picked to hear the case of 33-year-old Eric Frein.

Frein is charged with fatally shooting Cpl. Bryon Dickson II and wounding another trooper outside the Blooming Grove barracks in September 2014.

He led police on a tense 48-day manhunt 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.

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