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The Latest: Prosecutor rests case in fatal trooper ambush

Posted April 18

— The Latest on the trial of a survivalist charged in a fatal ambush at a state police barracks (all times local):

12:20 p.m.

The prosecution has rested its case against an anti-government survivalist charged with ambushing two troopers at a Pennsylvania state police barracks.

Eric Frein faces a potential death sentence if a jury convicts him in the 2014 attack that killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson and critically wounded a second trooper. He led police on a 48-day manhunt before his capture in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Jurors saw autopsy photos Tuesday morning, as well as the bulletproof vest that Dickson was wearing when he was killed by a rifle bullet. A warning label inside the vest says it's not intended to protect against rifle fire.

After the prosecution finished its case Tuesday morning, the defense called no witnesses and presented no evidence.

Closing arguments are set for Wednesday.

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12:45 a.m.

Alex Douglass was a CrossFit and running enthusiast who ran a 50-mile ultra-marathon when he wasn't working his day job as a state police trooper.

All of that was ended by a sniper's bullet.

Douglass survived the ambush that took his comrade's life on Sept. 12, 2014, but the devastating wounds caused by that single rifle shot still haven't healed.

On Monday, Douglass got a chance to confront his alleged assailant, describing years of pain and rehabilitation for a jury weighing capital murder charges against the man he called a coward. Douglass testified against Eric Frein (freen), the anti-government survivalist who prosecutors say targeted the Blooming Grove barracks in hopes of sparking a revolution. Frein was caught after a 48-day manhunt.

Prosecutors plan to rest their case on Tuesday.

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