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FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2015, file photo, Eric Frein is led away by Pennsylvania State Police Troopers at the Pike County Courthouse after his preliminary hearing in Milford, Pa. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Frein, who they said targeted state police because he was trying to foment an uprising against the government. Frein's lawyers want the jury to sentence him to life without parole. (Butch Comegys/The Times & Tribune via AP, File)

MILFORD, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a survivalist who ambushed two troopers at a state police barracks (all times local):

2:55 p.m.

The survivalist who ambushed two Pennsylvania troopers in 2014 said shortly after his capture that he intended to sell his story to the highest bidder.

A recording of the jailhouse conversation was played for jurors Tuesday during the penalty phase of Eric Freen’s (freenz) capital murder trial.

Frein told his mother three weeks after his arrest that reporters had been asking him for an interview.

He laughingly said he would wait until after trial and give to the highest bidder.

Frein faces a potential death sentence for killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson II and critically wounding Trooper Alex Douglass in a random sniper attack at their Blooming Grove barracks. He was captured after a 48-day manhunt.

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11:40 a.m.

The gunman who ambushed two Pennsylvania State Police troopers at their barracks in 2014 won’t take the stand to try to persuade jurors to spare his life.

Eric Frein (freen) decided Tuesday he won’t testify at the penalty phase of his capital murder trial, and the defense rested its case.

Prosecutors will call rebuttal witnesses Tuesday afternoon. The jury is expected to begin deliberations on Wednesday on whether to sentence Frein to death or to life in prison without parole.

Frein was convicted last week of killing Cpl. Bryon Dickson II and critically wounding Trooper Alex Douglass at their barracks in northeastern Pennsylvania. He was captured after a 48-day manhunt.

Earlier Tuesday, his sister, Tiffany Frein, told jurors Eric was her “protector” against their abusive parents.

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