Jurors question legal terms in third day of Sean Kratz deliberations

Jim Melwert
November 15, 2019 - 12:19 pm
Sean Kratz

Bucks County District Attorney's Office

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DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — On the third day of deliberations in the Sean Kratz murder trial, jurors had a few questions for the judge about legal terms Friday morning — and a request for Scotch tape.

Although unclear what the tape may be used for, jurors asked about the definition of “conspiracy.” Kratz is charged not only with criminal homicide for the deaths of Dean Finocchiaro, Mark Sturgis and Tom Meo, but also conspiracy in the three murders, as well as robbery and conspiracy to robbery.

But beyond definitions, the judge said it’s up to jury to use their collective memory and determine the facts to make a decision.

On Thursday, jurors re-watched the hour-and-a-half confession video, where Kratz admitted to shooting Finocchiaro in the back of the head; being present when his cousin, Cosmo DiNardo, killed Meo and Sturgis; and then going out to buy cheesesteaks with the money they took from the three men.

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Security is noticeably higher inside the courtroom Friday, after Thursday ended with an outburst from a family member of one of the victims. The individual walked up to the divider directly behind the defense table and told Kratz, “You’re going to burn in hell.”

The jury has been deliberating for more than 15 hours over the past three days.