Campaign Coverage 2020

Defense blames co-defendant of man accused in slayings

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The attorney for a man accused of helping his cousin kill three of four young men found buried at a suburban Philadelphia farm two years ago says his client was being "preyed upon by a psychopath."

Twenty-two-year-old Sean Kratz last year turned down a plea deal that would have helped him avoid a possible death penalty. His 22-year-old cousin, Cosmo DiNardo, pleaded guilty and faces life in prison.

The four victims, ages 19 to 22, were found on the Solebury property after a five-day search in 2017.

Kratz's attorney, A. Charles Peruto Jr., said Dinardo threatened to kill his client and his family if he didn't cooperate, and he was then manipulated into giving a recorded confession.

A prosecutor said Wednesday that Kratz had multiple opportunities to seek help.

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