Cousins charged in homicides of four Pennsylvania men

Cousins charged in homicides of four Pennsylvania men

"As parents, Mr. and Mrs. DiNardo sympathize with the parents and families of the missing young men", attorney Fortunato Perri Jr. said in a statement earlier this week. When the three men arrived to the property, DiNardo says Kratz shot Finocchiaro in the head, and that DiNardo shot him again while he was on the ground.

Cosmo DiNardo confessed to his "participation or commission in the murders of the four young men" and told police where their bodies could be found.

DiNardo, 20, was first arrested Monday and held on $1 million bail on an unrelated gun charge before his father paid $100,000 to bail him out Tuesday.

Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said that if he hadn't made the deal, "we'd still be looking" for Jimi Patrick's body, which was buried about half of a mile away from the other grave.

His cousin also is charged in the killings of the men, who included a Maryland college student. Patrick, who was a year behind DiNardo at a Roman Catholic high school for boys, was last seen on July 5; the other three disappeared on Friday. Text messages shared by an unidentified source involved in a conversation with DiNardo on the app Snapchat revealed the 20-year-old's apparent lack of concern for the missing boys. Later in the day, the two met up with Sturgis and Meo and shot them to death in a sudden manner as well, the charging document said.

Prosecutors are still weighing whether to pursue capital punishment against Kratz, who is charged with three counts of homicide.

Dinardo allegedly poured gasoline into the tank and lit it, the complaint says.

All four victims were shot and at least three set afire.

Dinardo is also accused in the fatal shootings of Jimi Patrick and Dean Finocchiaro.

All four vanished a week ago.

The motive for the killings will come out in time, he added.

Dinardo then drove the backhoe over Meo and "basically crushes him", Kratz told police, according to the complaint.

The four young victims, who went missing last week, were lured to the remote property with promises of buying marijuana, but they were shot and killed, and buried in graves dug by a backhoe, according to the Bucks County, Pennsylvania, district attorney.

The Bucks County District Attorney's office believes DiNardo acted alone in murdering Patrick, but Kratz is charged in the murders of the other three men.

DiNardo's lawyer admitted Thursday his client's role in the four slayings. Kratz was arrested later the same day, authorities said.

Sean Kratz (left) and Cosmo Dinardo face multiple homicide charges.

Kratz was charged with three counts of criminal homicide, nine counts of conspiracy, three counts of robbery, three counts of abuse of a corpse, possession of a weapon and possession of an instrument of crime with intent. The fourth body was found buried nearby, prosecutors said.

That same AP report said the man said DiNardo killed the men after feeling cheated and threatened during drug transactions and that DiNardo sold quarter pound bricks of marijuana for several thousand dollars and hand guns to area residents.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly discuss details of the case against 20-year-old Cosmo DiNardo.

On Thursday, Finocchiaro's body was identified among remains in a common grave near the farm of DiNardo's parents in Solebury Township. In seeking $5 million bail on a stolen auto charge this week, prosecutors said he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Additional information on the mysterious case is expected to be delivered by authorities at 2 p.m. EDT on Friday.

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