Expert: Police ambush suspect wrote about attack in journal


MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — A journal describing the fatal 2014 ambush of a Pennsylvania state police trooper was written by the man charged in the attack, a handwriting expert testified Thursday.

State police Cpl. Mark Gardner told jurors the handwriting on three crumpled notebook pages that police found in a trash bag near Eric Frein’s campsite was a match to the defendant, who is charged in the ambush that killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson II and wounded a second trooper.

The journal described how the gunman “got a shot around 11 p.m. and took it,” watching one of his victims fall “still and quiet.”

Another prosecution witness, U.S. Secret Service document analyst Julia Barker, testified the notebook pages had the same physical characteristics and chemical composition as a notebook found in the abandoned airplane hangar where Frein was captured after 48 days on the run.

The notebook contained a journal of Frein’s movements and daily activities while he eluded a dragnet that spanned more than 300 square miles of the Pocono Mountains.

Frein, 33, faces a potential death sentence. He has pleaded not guilty to charges that include homicide of a law enforcement officer and terrorism.