Four former Synthes Inc. executives who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an illegal clinical trial of bone cement in which three people died are now awaiting word from U.S. District Judge Legrome D. Davis about the guidelines he will use to sentence them and the date for sentencing.

The defendants are Michael Huggins of West Chester, Thomas Higgins of Berwyn, Richard Bohner of Malvern, and John Walsh of Coatesville.

The four men were in court earlier this week as their lawyers argued for guidelines that might lessen the potential prison and probation time.

Last year, Synthes Inc. and its former subsidiary Norian Inc., both of West Chester, pleaded guilty to charges and paid fines totaling $23 million.    - David Sell