Trooper’s mother says she doesn’t hate killer, wants justice

Eric Frein
FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2014, file photo, Eric Frein is escorted by police out of the Pike County Courthouse after his arraignment in Milford, Pa. Frein, a survivalist who shot and killed a Pennsylvania State Police trooper and injured another in an ambush at their barracks, will now fight for his own life following his conviction, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, on capital murder charges. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz, File)

MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — The mother of a slain Pennsylvania State Police trooper says she doesn’t hate her son’s killer but wants him held accountable.

Darla Dickson testified Friday at the penalty phase of Eric Frein’s (freen’s) trial.

Frein was convicted of killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson II and wounding a second trooper. Prosecutors say he opened fire on them in September 2014 outside the Blooming Grove state police barracks.

Jurors are learning about Dickson’s life as they weigh a potential death sentence for his killer.

Dickson’s mother remembered him as a fun-loving prankster and devoted husband and father. She says his 10-year-old son told her he hated Frein, and asked whether she did, too.

She says she forgives Frein but seeks justice for her son.