PA - Four Young Men, 18-22, Bucks Co., 5-9 July 2017 #8 *arrests - Dinardo Pled Guilty*

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  1. lsv7

    lsv7 Active Member

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    The trial is scheduled for 4/15.

    On 1/22, the defense was still submitting stuff trying to get a jury from a different county.
     
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    Niner Long time Websleuther

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    @lsv7 - any new court dates since January?

    TIA! :)
     
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    No good news. The trial is cancelled. They will be having a hearing on 4/15/2019 instead. It is to have more time for pre-trial motions.
     
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    Monday, April 15th:
    *Pretrial Motions Hearing (@ ET) - PA - Jimi Taro Patrick (19), Mark R. Sturgis (22), Thomas C. Meto (21) & Dean R. Finocchiaro (18) murdered (July 5-9, 2017, Bucks County) – *Sean Kratz (20) (CN’s cousin) indicted (7/14/17) on 3 counts of 1st degree murder, abuse of corpse, robbery, illegal poss. of weapon & conspiracy. Plead not guilty. No bail. DA will seek DP.
    Court hearing from 5/16/18 thru 1/16/19 reference post #954 here:
    PA - Four Young Men, 18-22, Bucks Co., 5-9 July 2017 #8 *arrests - Dinardo Pled Guilty*

    Trial was set for 4/15/19 has been delayed.
    1/22/19 Update: Defense files they want jury from a different county.
    3/28/19 Update: Trial has been cancelled. Instead will have a pretrial motions hearing on 4/15.
    *Cosmo DiNardo (20) (confessed in exchange for DP off table) indicted (7/14/17) on 4 counts of 1st degree murder, abuse of corpse, robbery, illegal poss. of weapon & conspiracy; plead not guilty. DiNardo plead guilty 11/8/18 to 4 counts of first-degree murder, among other charges, in the July slayings. DiNardo was sentenced to 4 consecutive life sentences in prison, which upholds a previous deal in which the district attorney agreed not to seek the death penalty in exchange for information from DiNardo.
     
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    Niner Long time Websleuther

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    Sean Kratz, accused in Bucks murders, scheduled for court hearing


    DOYLESTOWN, Pa. - The second suspect in the murders of four young men in Bucks County is scheduled to be in court Monday.

    The trial for Sean Kratz was set to begin Monday but court records show that has been canceled and a miscellaneous criminal hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. instead. It's not clear what the hearing is about.
     
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    Niner Long time Websleuther

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    Cosmo DiNardo’s cousin wants his confession suppressed in triple-murder trial


    Will a jury be able to hear Cosmo DiNardo’s alleged co-conspirator, Sean Kratz, describe how the pair killed three young men?

    That question was at the center of pretrial hearings on Monday and Tuesday, proceedings that are expected to be the last before Kratz’s trial. Bucks County Court Judge Jeffrey L. Finley will decide whether to allow the statement in the coming weeks.
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    Kratz’s attorney, A. Charles Peruto Jr., who was retained this fall, said his client didn’t fully understand the conditions of the deal — which came with a 59- to 118-year prison sentence for third-degree murder and other charges, and required him to tell authorities what happened.
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    Kratz’s confession tapes have been the source of much drama over the past year. After Kratz turned down the plea deal in May, former attorney Penglase admitted to leaking the recordings of DiNardo and Kratz, and parts of them were aired on NBC10 and later Fox29.



    and of course - no mention of the next court date.... :rolleyes:
     
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    I'm going to guess 5/6.

    @lsv7 - when you have time - can you look this one up! TIA! :)
     
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    No trial date on the docket. Weirdly, the last date listed is for the hearings on 4/15, but down in the entries the judge granted a motion for transcripts of testimony from 4/25. It looks like they're still going back and forth on the pre-trial stuff as recently as 4/26.
     
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    Niner Long time Websleuther

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    Good! He should have taken the plea deal....

    Judge keeps Sean Kratz confession in evidence


    Bucks County Judge Jeffrey L. Finley denied a motion filed by Sean Kratz’s attorney to suppress an April 25 confession made to law enforcement for his role in the alleged killing of three men in Solebury nearly two years ago.

    A statement accused killer Sean Kratz made as part of an abandoned plea deal for his alleged role in killing three men in Solebury almost two years ago will remain as evidence in the case, Bucks County Judge Jeffrey L. Finley ruled Monday.

    The judge denied the defendant’s motion to suppress the confession, stating Kratz, now 22, was told multiple times prior to the April 25, 2018, meeting that his statements to Bucks County detectives could be used against him if he refused the deal that would take the death penalty off the table.
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    "By accepting the terms of the plea deal and agreeing to provide a truthful statement, the defendant also agreed to the Commonwealth’s condition that the statement could be used against him should he decide not to plead guilty,” Finley wrote in his opinion.
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    Finley also denied a motion to use a jury from outside of Bucks County for Kratz’s trial, and quashed a motion from prosecutors to subpoena Kratz’s former attorney, Craig Penglase, for the trial.
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    Court documents online did not indicate when Kratz’s next hearing will be held as of Monday afternoon.

    Peruto seemed surprised to hear Finley made his ruling during a phone call with this news organization, but could not comment on the case due to a gag order.
     
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    Niner Long time Websleuther

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    Bumping for you @lsv7 - any new court dates for this ..... :)

    TIA! [​IMG]
     
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    Niner Long time Websleuther

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    @cybervampira - I lost my PA person to look up court dates. They haven't been here since 5/7 - so was wondering - can you help me?

    Bucks County - Sean Kratz - sorry no case #

    TIA!
     
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