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Attorneys: 2 Remaining Defendants To Plead Guilty In Old City Fatal Beating

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By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Attorneys for the two remaining defendants in the beating death of 23-year-old Kevin Kless in Old City early last year say guilty pleas are expected Friday.

Kless, walking near 4th and Chestnut Streets with his girlfriend and another woman, was beaten to death following a brief verbal confrontation with men in a passing car.

Authorities say Felix Carrillo, who pleaded guilty earlier, and his cousin, Kenneth Enriquiz-Santiago, took part in the initial assault after some kind of verbal confrontation and then defendant Steven Ferguson delivered the fatal blow.

READ: Full CBS Philly coverage of the Kevin Kless murder trial

Defendant Felix Carrillo, was sentenced to two to five years in prison as part of a plea deal (see related story). And now, attorneys for the remaining two defendants (attorney Stephen Patrizio for defendant Steven Ferguson, and attorney Lawrence Krasner for defendant Kenneth Enriquiz-Santiago) say their clients are also expected to plead guilty, also as a result of plea deals. Details of the deals will be laid out in court.

The victim’s family and friends are expected in court to offer victim impact statements, as they did during the earlier plea hearing. Kendall Kless, holding a picture of her son, told the judge then, ‘no parent should bury a child, certainly no parent should bury a child who died like this.’

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