Sean Kratz, accused of killing 3 on cousin’s Solebury farm, is expected to testify at trial

Jim Melwert
November 04, 2019 - 12:50 pm
Sean Kratz

Bucks County District Attorney's Office

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DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Sean Kratz, the Philadelphia man accused of killing three men on his cousin’s farm in rural Bucks County in July 2017, is expected to take the stand at his trial, which starts this week in Doylestown. 

His attorney, Charles Peruto, said his previous lawyer was not acting in Kratz’s best interests, when he worked out a plea deal with prosecutors. Kratz gave a full videotaped confession and was set to plead guilty to third-degree murder in exchange for 59 to 118 years in prison, but he backed out of the deal at the last minute.

Peruto tried to get that confession thrown out, but the judge ruled the jury can see it. 

Now, Kratz will take the stand to testify how his former lawyer was acting as “an agent of the state,” Peruto said, when he worked out that deal.

Prosecutors have asked that any discussion of the negotiations that led to that deal be barred from trial, because they argue it is irrelevant and would just confuse the jury.

Kratz has been charged with murdering Tom Meo, Dean Finocchiaro and Mark Sturgis on a farm in Solebury, then putting their bodies in a pig roaster and trying to light them on fire. 

His cousin, Cosmo DiNardo, is already serving four consecutive life sentences after pleading guilty to those murders, plus the murder of Jimi Patrick.

The search for the bodies of the four men captured the nation’s attention in the summer of 2017.

Prosecutors have asked the judge to allow jurors to be taken to the farm to see the pig roaster used to burn the bodies. They also want jurors to see the front-end loader that was used to kill one of the men and to bury the bodies in a 12-foot-deep hole. 

A jury was selected in September. The trial begins Wednesday, since the Bucks County courthouse is closed Tuesday for Election Day.