Attorney vows 'vigorous' defense in Bucks County murders

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 19, 2017 4:15 AM

This undated photo provided by the Bucks County District Attorney's Office in Doylestown. shows Sean Kratz of Philadelphia. (Bucks County District Attorney's Office via AP, File)

(Philadelphia) -- A defense attorney representing one of two cousins charged in the deaths of four young men whose bodies were found on a Bucks County farm last week is vowing the "vigorous and dedicated defense" to which he's entitled.

Attorney Abby Leeds has been retained to represent Sean Kratz, who's charged in three of the deaths. She says on Twitter he's charged with very serious crimes he and his family take very seriously.

She says the Kratz family "sympathizes with the families of the victims," who included a Maryland college student.

Authorities allege Kratz's cousin Cosmo DiNardo told them he lured the four men to his family's 90-acre farm under the guise of marijuana transactions before killing them.

DiNardo has confessed and said he's sorry.

Police say DiNardo also claims to have killed two people in Philadelphia, but the city's police commissioner called the information "sketchy."

Commissioner Richard Ross says Philadelphia detectives are looking through their files to check on the claims made by the 20-year-old but that Philadelphia detectives have not had a chance to question him.


Matthew Weintraub, District Attorney for Bucks County, Pa., speaks with members of the media in New Hope, Thursday, July 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

DiNardo was charged last week in Bucks County with four counts of first-degree murder in the case of four missing men. Ross says he also claimed that he killed a man and a woman in Philadelphia years ago but did not know their names.

Philadelphia police say Bucks County authorities are still investigating DiNardo's statements. The Bucks County district attorney declined to comment beyond court papers released last week, which don't mention the Philadelphia claims.

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