Man admits to killing 4 in US

Posted July 16, 2017

Two cousins facing homicide charges in the disappearances of four missing Pennsylvania men will be held without bail. Suspects Cosmo DiNardo and Sean Michael Kratz, both 20, will face District Judge Maggie Snow at Bucks County Courthouse in Doylestown. The fourth victim was found buried about a half a mile away with information that DiNardo supplied in exchange for being spared the death penalty. But he was not arrested again on the charge until July 10, days after the men went missing. Dinardo then took him to a remote part of the property, gave him a shotgun, and then shot and killed him with a 22 caliber rifle, according to the affidavit. A friend of Meo and Sturgis, Eric Beitz, said that DiNardo had been hanging out with them recently and that he talked about "weird things like killing people and having people killed".

The charges relate to the killings of Patrick, Meo, Sturgis and Finocchiaro.

Here's what we know about the mysterious disappearances and the investigation that has consumed this suburban community and riveted the nation. On Wednesday, DiNardo was arrested for trying to sell Meo's auto for $500 to a friend, who called the police. DiNardo then continued to shoot at his body after he had died, The Daily Mail said.

On Monday, Dinardo was arrested for an unrelated charge of possessing a firearm despite suffering from a mental illness.

The horrific case of four murdered young men wound to a close on Friday, as law enforcement officials announced they had apprehended the two men who police believe are exclusively responsible for the men's deaths and the disfigurement of their bodies.

Finocchiaro's body was found Wednesday in what authorities described as a 12.5-foot-deep "common grave" on a 90-acre property in Solebury Township in Bucks County.

In exchange for DiNardo's confession, Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub said prosecutors will not seek the death penalty.

The person with knowledge of the confession said one of the men was killed July 5 and the other three were killed July 7.

Lang told ABC News that DiNardo felt "deep remorse" and was "very emotional".

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"When they (Meo and Sturgis) turned their backs on me, I shot Tom in the back", Dinardo allegedly told detectives questioning him, according to a criminal complaint. On Thursday, DiNardo apologized when asked about the murders, CBS2 reported. "I'm sorry", he said.

Afterward, Dinardo agreed to sell marijuana to Thomas Meo that same night, and he picked up Meo and his friend Mark Sturgis and drove them back to his property, the affidavit states.

Dinardo on Thursday confessed to his involvement in the slayings, according to his attorney. DiNardo picked Kratz, his cousin, beforehand, and they drove to Finocchiaro's residence in Middletown Township.

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.

Using a backhoe, the documents say, Dinardo buried Patrick's body.

It was the discovery of Meo's vehicle on a DiNardo family property a half-mile from the farm that led to DiNardo's re-arrest.

On July 7, DiNardo and Kratz met with Finocchiaro, also involving marijuana sales. 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.

At this point, court documents say, Meo was screaming in pain and Dinardo climbed into a backhoe and ran over the injured Meo, killing him. Meo, in his Maxima, with Sturgis, followed DiNardo to his parent's property on the 2800 block of Aquetong Road.