Tensions flared after the jury adjourned Thursday for further deliberations in the trial of accused murderer Sean Kratz. Day three began Friday morning at 9 a.m. after 14 total hours since Wednesday.
The case seems to be taking its toll on the victims’ families. Marion Callahan, a reporter with The Intelligencer, tweeted Thursday evening about an incident involving one man and Kratz.
“At the close of today’s trial, a young man in a grey suit made his way through the court’s swing doors to #seanKratz and said, “You’re going to burn in hell…” triggering addition deputy response as court adjourned. #soleburymurders”
People familiar with the situation believe the man is a family member of one of the victims. The families have sat through the entire trial, and with deliberations taking so long, the stress is adding up.
Kratz is charged with criminal homicide, abuse of a corpse, and other charges in connection with the deaths of three young men on his cousin’s family farm in Solebury in 2017. The cousin, Cosmo DiNardo, is serving four life sentences for the crimes.
Prosecutors say the two conspired in the murders of Dean Finocchiaro, 19, Mark Sturgis, 22, and Tom Meo, 21. DiNardo admitted to killing a fourth victim, Jimi Patrick, 19, before involving Kratz.
The victims were killed, stuffed into a “pig roaster,” burned, then buried in a 14 foot deep pit. DiNardo confessed to the crimes and is currently staying in a medium security prison.
However, it is up to the jury to decide what role, if any, Kratz played. Kratz could face the death penalty if convicted.