Charged In Connection With Killings Of Missing Pennsylvania Men

Matt Rourke

It was DiNardo who led investigators to Kratz and the bodies of the four young men. The bodies of the remaining men were later identified in the same grave.

Dinardo would later tell police he had a Smith and Wesson.357 revolver.

Cosmo DiNardo, 20, confessed his involvement in the four murders on Thursday, while also implicating his cousin, Sean Kratz, who has since been arrested on homicide charges. Both were being held in jail without bail. Patrick's body was found in a separate grave late Thursday. Kratz was arrested later the same day, authorities said. In exchange for that confession, prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty against him.

"I can't predict the future, but that is what I believe", Weintraub said.

As far as Sean Kratz's criminal history, we know he has an open charge of robbery out of Philadelphia...

"I'm not sure", he said, "we could ever answer that question".

"Mr. DiNardo was promised by the district attorney that he will spare his life by not invoking the death penalty", DiNardo's attorney, Paul Lang, said. The homeowner later posted the video to his Facebook page, where a witness - whose neighbor was dating Kratz at the time - identified him in the footage, the document states. He reportedly told them he committed the murders after he felt cheated when selling the victims marijuana.

Weintraub said he believed Dinardo and Kratz are the only ones involved in the killings, but said more information could change that position.

It's not clear why Dinardo cooperated.

Young women listen to Matthew Weintraub, District Attorney for Bucks County, Pa., speak during a news conference in New Hope, Pa., Thursday, July 13, 2017. Patrick only had $800, and they walked to a secluded part of the property where DiNardo shot him with a.22 caliber rifle.




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

On July 7, DiNardo and Kratz met with Finocchiaro, also involving marijuana sales. Sturgis' father said he had heard his son and Meo mention Finocchiaro in the past. On Wednesday, DiNardo was arrested for trying to sell Meo's vehicle for $500 to a friend, who called the police. Finocchiaro's body was then placed in a blue tarp and he was tossed into the pig roaster. Sturgis started running away, but he shot him, too, with a Smith and Wesson. He then drove over Meo, who may have still been alive at that point, with a backhoe.

After killing Finocchiaro, Sturgis and Meo, DiNardo and Kratz put their bodies into a large container - what DiNardo called a "pig roaster" - and burned them using gasoline, according to the affidavit.

"And I can tell you because I have been there, we would still be looking for Jimmy Patrick's body if I didn't make that deal", said Weintraub. He was out of ammunition, so he ran over Meo's body with the backhoe and used the machine to place both bodies in the same tank where he'd set Finocchairo's corpse.

DiNardo, whose parents own construction and concrete businesses in the Philadelphia area, has had a few brushes with the law over the past year. An attorney for the family, Fortunato Perri Jr., said in a statement that they were not connected to the alleged homicides.

The original charge was dismissed by a judge in May, and the Bucks County district attorney's office authorized police to reinstate and refile that charge on June 21.

The four men, all residents of Bucks County, disappeared last week. In the first instance, he was accused of committing burglary, criminal trespassing, theft, receiving stolen property and others.

One of the victims is 19-year-old Jimi Patrick, a Loyola University Maryland student.

Later the same day, DiNardo picked up Meo and Sturgis.

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