Sean Kratz in courtroom for pretrial motions in Bucks County murders
Sean Kratz, the 22-year-old Philadelphia man charged within the 2017 homicide of 4 Bucks County males, was in courtroom Monday for a pretrial listening to.
Kratz’s cousin, Cosmo DiNardo, pleaded responsible to the 4 slayings final Might and was sentenced to 4 consecutive life phrases in jail.
Kratz is accused of helping DiNardo within the killings, luring the 4 males to a Solebury Township farm on the pretense of promoting them marijuana, then killing them and burying their our bodies on the property. Kratz is charged with murder, conspiracy, theft and different offenses associated to a few of the 4 killings.
Kratz’s trial was initially scheduled to start right this moment. As an alternative, Kratz’s new protection lawyer requested to look on the Bucks County Courthouse for a pretrial movement listening to.
In Might, Kratz rejected a plea deal that will have taken the dying penalty off the desk in trade for 59 to 118 years in jail. Based on WFMZ, Kratz’s protection lawyer admitted to releasing confession tapes of Kratz and DiNardo the subsequent day. Kratz’s new attorneys argue that the tapes must be dominated inadmissible at trial.
Kratz is charged within the slayings of Dean Finocchiaro, 19, of Middletown; Thomas Meo, 21, of Plumstead Township; and Mark Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg. DiNardo was accused of killing these three males and Jimi Patrick, 19, of Newtown.
In a January courtroom look, Kratz’s protection legal professional Julianne Bateman requested the decide presiding over the case to impanel an out-of-town jury, arguing that Bucks County residents had been saturated with information protection of the murders and couldn’t be neutral. “The folks in Bucks County are most hooked up to this,” she mentioned.
“I believe we owe it to Bucks County to select from its personal residents,” District Lawyer Gregg Shore countered, in keeping with the Philadelphia Inquirer. Finally, an area jury was chosen.
Prosecutors say they’re in search of the dying penalty for Kratz.