The Latest: Jury to weigh life, death for ambush killer

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The Latest on the trial of a survivalist who ambushed two troopers at a state police barracks (all times local):

4:25 p.m.

A prosecutor has asked jurors to give the death sentence to a man who ambushed two Pennsylvania troopers, while the gunman's lawyer is requesting mercy.

Jurors heard closing arguments Wednesday in the penalty phase of Eric Frein's trial and soon will decide his fate.

The jury convicted Frein (freen) last week of killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson and critically wounding a second trooper in the sniper attack.

District Attorney Ray Tonkin says Frein showed a "wickedness of heart" when he targeted the troopers at their barracks in 2014.

Defense lawyer Michael Weinstein told the jurors Frein grew up in a dysfunctional household and asked them to show "sympathy and mercy" to his client and sentence him to life in prison without parole.


12:40 p.m.

Testimony has ended in a hearing to determine whether a gunman gets the death penalty or life without parole for ambushing two Pennsylvania troopers at their barracks.

A jury is expected to begin weighing the sentence for Eric Frein (freen) after closing arguments Wednesday afternoon.

Frein killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson II and critically wounded a second trooper in a 2014 ambush. He was convicted last week.

A law professor told jurors Wednesday that inmates doing life can earn substantial privileges for good behavior, letting them take advantage of prison recreational and work opportunities.

Prosecutors played a jailhouse phone call in which Frein's father told his son the defense strategy would be to portray him, Eric Frein's father, as a "nut job."

The defense says Frein should get a life sentence.