Pennsylvania murders: Suspects in killings of 4 men charged with homicides
A man who confessed to killing four men who disappeared last week in Pennsylvania’s Bucks County and his suspected co-conspirator were hit with homicide charges Friday.
The charges comes on the heels of Cosmo DiNardo’s attorney saying that his client admitted to killing the four men and telling authorities the location of the bodies. Sean Kratz, accused in three of the murders, was arrested along with DiNardo Thursday.
DiNardo faces four criminal homicide counts and Kratz three. They both face multiple counts of conspiracy, robbery and abuse of corpse.
The Bucks County District Attorney is expected to discuss the charges at a press conference scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.
All four victims are believed buried on a farm property in Solebury, Pennsylvania, owned by DiNardo’s family.
DiNardo’s lawyer says his client is remorseful and led investigators to the men’s remains.
“I’m sorry,” a shackled DiNardo said as he left a courthouse Thursday.
Sean Kratz’s mom, Vanessa, declined to comment on arrest of her son.
Paul Lang, DiNardo’s lawyer, had told reporters Thursday that the 20-year-old is ready to plead guilty four counts of first-degree murder. Lang said in exchange for the confession, prosecutors agreed to take the death penalty off the table.
A source who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss details of the case said the men were killed after DiNardo felt cheated or threatened during three drug transactions. DiNardo sold quarter-pound quantities of marijuana for several thousand dollars and sold handguns to area residents, the person said.
Multiple sets of human remains were unearthed from a 12-foot-deep mass grave on an isolated Pennsylvania farm early Thursday as authorities continued digging for the bodies of four young men who disappeared last week.
Officials were able to identify one of the victims as 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro — who vanished last week along with Mark Sturgis, 22, Tom Meo, 21, and Jimi Tar Patrick, 19. Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said he could not identify the other remains at this time, while issuing a fresh appeal for more help from the public.
Fox News’ Travis Fedschun and the Associated Press contributed to this report.