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Cousins Charged With Pennsylvania Murders

16 July 2017

On a Friday night a week ago, three men got out of a pickup truck on a sprawling piece of rural Pennsylvania real estate. Top row: Dean Finocchiaro, 18, left, and Tom Meo, 21.

The source said the men were killed after DiNardo felt cheated or threatened during three drug transactions. Not far from the farm, shops line Route 202, with signs advertising fresh eggs and organic food, and a few miles away sits historic New Hope, a popular tourist spot.

DiNardo gave Kratz a Smith and Wesson.357 handgun, which belonged to his mother.

He was released after his father paid a bond but then rearrested on 12 July accused of stealing and trying to sell a auto, found on the farm, belonging to Mr Meo.

DiNardo was charged Friday with counts of conspiracy, homicide and abuse of a corpse.

At least some of the missing men are friends, but it's unclear how well they knew DiNardo, if at all.

Investigators found the body of one of the four men along with human remains in a common grave in Pennsylvania.

Investigators found the bodies of Finocchiaro, Meo and Sturgis in a 12-foot-deep grave Wednesday, according to the complaint. "As parents, Mr. and Mrs. DiNardo sympathize with the parents and families of the missing young men and they are cooperating in every way possible with the investigation being conducted by law enforcement".

Cosmo Dinardo, aged 20, was arrested Wednesday when he tried to sell the auto of one of the four men missing the call.

In exchange for the cooperation, Lang said, prosecutors were taking the death penalty off the table.

"I feel a lot of sadness, I feel relief, I feel so proud of my team, and I feel resolved", Weintraub said at a news conference in Doylestown after the men were charged.

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"I'm not sure", he said, "we could ever answer that question". Matthew Weintraub, the District Attorney had high hopes that these persons were alive. DiNardo picked Kratz, his cousin, beforehand, and they drove to Finocchiaro's residence in Middletown Township. He was being held on $5 million cash bail in the auto theft case when he reportedly confessed to his role in the killings. DiNardo told authorities that he and Patrick had arranged to meet on the farm for a marijuana drug deal, but once Patrick had arrived, DiNardo fatally shot him instead.

Finally, according to court documents, both Kratz and Dinardo returned to the property on July 8, where Dinardo dug a common grave and buried Finocciaro, Meo and Sturgis in the metal container. On the way there, they agreed to rob him.

As police led the handcuffed suspect to a van Thursday evening, DiNardo said "I'm sorry" when asked by reporters whether he had sympathy for the victims' families. Later, Dinardo drove the backhoe back to the location where he shot Patrick, and buried his body in a hole about six feet deep.

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On July 7, Dinardo picked up Kratz, described as a cousin and then drove to Finocchiaro's home. Dinardo told investigators that he had a marijuana "deal" set up with Meo, according to the affidavit. DiNardo said he then used the backhoe to lift the bodies of Meo and Sturgis and place them in the same metal tank where he had placed Finocchiaro's body.

Dinardo allegedly poured gasoline into the tank and lit it, the complaint says. He said he believed DiNardo attempted to burn them but was not successful. Twenty-year-old Cosmo DiNardo of Bensalem has confessed to "participating in or committing" the killings, his attorney said.

Earlier this year, authorities charged DiNardo with possessing a firearm despite an involuntary mental health commitment.

A judge dismissed the charge in May, but the Bucks County district attorney's office authorized police to reinstate and refile charges last month.

The revelation comes after an investigators charged DiNardo with trying to illegally sell the vehicle belonging to one of the missing young men. On Tuesday, DiNardo was released on $1 million bail on an unrelated gun charge. Both were being held in jail without bail.

Kratz, too, has several criminal arrests. In the first instance, he was accused of committing burglary, criminal trespassing, theft, receiving stolen property and others. He was out on bail at the time of the killings.

Cousins Charged With Pennsylvania Murders