The number of jurors for the upcoming trial of accused cop killer Eric Matthew Frein shrunk from seven to six Monday after one juror was dismissed for health reasons, according to Pike County District Attorney Ray Tonkin.
Attorneys selected no new jurors Monday at Chester County courthouse. A panel of 12 jurors and six alternates will hear the case.
Frein, who is charged with first-degree murder and multiple other offenses, is accused of killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson II and wounding Trooper Alex Douglass in a Sept. 12, 2014, ambush at the state police barracks in Blooming Grove.
The 33-year-old Canadensis resident evaded police for 48 days before being captured at an abandoned airport hanger in Monroe County.
Frein could face the death penalty if convicted of the murder charge.
Jurors in Chester County will hear the case, in part because of extensive media coverage the case has received. Frein’s trial is scheduled to start April 3 in Pike County.
Jury selection proceedings are scheduled to start again at 9 a.m. today, and depending on the speed of the process, the trial is scheduled to begin April 3, Tonkin said.
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