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January 29, 2015

Man who allegedly killed trooper in Poconos pleads not guilty

Crime and Courts Pennsylvania
Eric Frein Rich Schultz/AP

Eric Frein is escorted by police out the Pike County Courthouse after his arraignment in Milford, Pa.

Eric Frein, the man who led police on a two-month manhunt in the Poconos after allegedly killing a state trooper, pleaded not guilty Thursday.

Prosecutors say Frein is accused of shooting Cpl. Bryon Dickson outside of the Blooming Grove state police barracks on Sept. 8. Frein also shot and injured Trooper Alex T. Douglass. He then led more than 1,000 police officers on a seven-week chase through the Poconos wilderness that cost taxpayers about $11 million.

Police captured Frein on Oct. 30.

He is charged with terrorism and first-degree murder, among other charges. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

A Feb. 2 pre-trial conference is scheduled, although PennLive reported that the trial won't likely begin until next year.