Crime Sean Kratz Found Guilty Of First-Degree Murder, Voluntary Manslaughter In Deaths Of 3 Men On Bucks County Farm
Woman accused of killing 1-year-old son indicted Thursday on a murder charge
Stacey Schucart was indicted on a wanton murder charge Thursday by a grand jury in the killing of her 1-year-old son.Stacey Schucart, 29, was initially charged with first-degree manslaughter when arrested on Sept. 13 in Dayton, Kentucky. The murder charge replaces the manslaughter charge.
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (CBS) —has been found guilty of first-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter . The jury deliberated for three days before handing down the verdict.
Kratz was convicted in the deaths of 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro, 21-year-old Thomas Meo and 22-year-old Mark Sturgis. They were killed on a Solebury Township farm in 2017.
The jury convicted Kratz of first-degree murder in the death of Finocchiaro and voluntary manslaughter in the deaths of the other two victims.
Condemned Killer Of Former Child Actor Dies On San Quentin’s Death Row
A 49-year-old San Quentin death row inmate, sentenced to be executed for the horrific 1996 kidnap and torture-murder of former child actor Anthony Guest Jr., has been found dead in his cell, authorities said. © Provided by CBS Broadcasting Inc.San Quentin officials said Spencer Brasure was discovered unresponsive in his cell on death row at 12:49 a.m. Thursday. Attempts were made to revive him but he was pronounced dead at 1:17 a.m. The cause of death would be determined by an autopsy.A Ventura County jury sentenced Brasure to death on August 24, 1998 for first-degree murder.
Leading up to the verdict, the jury asked the judge several questions, including if Kratz can be convicted on multiple counts of murder; the differences between first-degree and second-degree murder; to rewatch Kratz’s confession tape; and if a person can be held liable for an accomplice’s actions.
Authorities say the three men were lured to the farm to buy marijuana, but instead, Kratz and his cousin, Cosmo DiNardo, shot them dead, stuffed their bodies into a pig roaster and tried to set them on fire.
During closing arguments, prosecutors told the jury the three victims would still be alive if not for Kratz.
But Kratz’s defense attorney, Charles Peruto, shot back during his closing argument, saying Kratz killed out of fear for his own life because DiNardo had power over him.
DiNardo was expected to testify against Kratz but he never did. In another surprise, Peruto said at the start of the trial Kratz would take the stand, but that didn’t happen either.
DiNardo previously confessed to those three murders and is serving a life sentence.
Kratz initially pleaded guilty but later withdrew that plea. He now faces the death penalty.
Alabama Officer Guilty of Manslaughter for Killing Unarmed Black Man .
An Alabama jury found a white police officer guilty of manslaughter on Friday in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in Montgomery in 2016, the latest case in which an officer has been held to account for using lethal force. The officer, Aaron Cody Smith, 26, faced a murder charge, but the 12-person jury also had the option of convicting him of manslaughter, which it did after a few hours of deliberation. Officer Smith was patrolling the Mobile Heights neighborhood in February 2016 when he stopped Greg Gunn, who was returning home from a late-night card game. According to the officer, Mr. Gunn fled midway through the stop-and-frisk encounter.Officer Smith chased Mr.