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Slain trooper's widow sues parents of killer Eric Frein

SCRANTON, Pa. - Eric Frein is a convicted cop killer who is awaiting a death sentence, but his legal troubles aren't over.

The widow of the state trooper he killed has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Frein's parents.

Frein was convicted and sentenced to death for killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson and injuring Trooper Alex Douglass outside the Pennsylvania State Police Blooming Grove barracks on September 12, 2014.

During the trial, Tiffany Dickson talked about how Frein changed her life forever when he shot her husband.

The lawsuit alleges that Frein's parents, Eugene and Deborah, should bear some of the responsibility for their son's actions.

The lawsuit claims the Freins were aware of guns, ammunition, and other items used to carry out the crime being stored in Eric's room in their Monroe County home.

Another claim is that the parents should have sought help for Eric Frein's mental condition. The suit notes that he had trouble separating reality from fantasy since he was in first grade.

"It's a very difficult case because they are going to ask the jury or the court to believe that the parent has a degree of control over an adult child," said attorney Gary Asteak, who tried a similar case in Northampton County back in 2013. "You can vilify the parents for not having control of the child, I'm not quite sure the law allows the liability."

The lawsuit is seeking $300,000 in damages, in addition to other costs.

Dickson's attorney said in a statement, "Cpl. Dickson's death and the resulting loss to the Dickson family and the community is tragic. We will pursue justice for the Dickson family to the fullest extent of the law."

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