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Appointment of new attorney delays Solebury murder hearing


Sean Kratz, accused with his cousin Cosmo DiNardo in three of the four murders of young men on a farm in Solebury Township in 2017, was granted a request for a new attorney Monday.

Hearings on pretrial motions in the case were rescheduled Monday after Bucks County Court Judge Jeffrey Finley permitted Kratz’s request to have Philadelphia attorney A. Charles Peruto Jr. represent him in place of his court-appointed attorney Keith Williams.

DiNardo is serving four life terms for the killings after pleading guilty to the murders of Dean Finocchiaro, 19, Thomas Meo, 21, Mark Sturgis, 22, and Jimi Patrick, 19.

The case gripped the region and soon became national news after Patrick and then the other three men were reported missing in July 2017.

The bodies of three of the men were found burned and buried in a 12-foot-deep grave after authorities spent several days digging in stifling heat. DiNardo provided the location of Patrick’s remains.

Kratz, who is not charged in Patrick’s death, previously rejected a third-degree murder deal in the three cases in which he is charged.

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