BUCKS COUNTY, Pa. – A second man has been implicated in the murder of four men buried in a mass grave on the 80 acre Pennsylvania farm. Furthermore, a pig roaster, backhoe, and fire were reportedly used to mutilate the bodies during the commission of this heinous crime.
Second Man Implicated
Cosmo DiNardo, 20, (pictured left) confessed to killing four men who disappeared last week in Pennsylvania’s Bucks County. He and his suspected co-conspirator, Sean Kratz, 20, (pictured right) were hit with homicide charges Friday as more gruesome details emerged surrounding the deaths.
The charges comes on the heels of DiNardo’s attorney saying that his client admitted to killing the four men and telling authorities the location of the bodies buried on a farm property in Solebury, Pa., owned by DiNardo’s family, LET previously reported.
“We have so much more to do to bring justice in this case,” Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub told reporters Friday. “I am very relieved to say we brought four young men one step closer to their loved ones so they can rest in peace.”
Bodies Burned in Pig Roaster
After killing the men, DiNardo confessed to burning the bodies in a metal tank that was converted into a cooker that he labeled a “pig roaster,” according to The Daily Mail.
DiNardo is charged with all four homicides and 20 other counts. The additional charges include abuse of corpse, conspiracy and robbery, according to court documents.
Kratz faces 20 counts, reported Fox News. Three of his charges include criminal homicide.
A confidential source told The Associated Press the murder victims, identified by officials as Dean Finocchiaro, 19, Mark Sturgis, 22, Tom Meo, 21, and Jimi Taro Patrick, 19, 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.
“We are not here to make moral judgments on any of their actions,” Weintraub said Friday. “They have done nothing to deserve this horrible, unspeakable tragedy that has been beset upon them.”
Kratz reportedly shot Finocchiaro. DiNardo then continued to shoot at his body after he had died, The Daily Mail said. Finocchiaro’s body was then placed in a blue tarp and he was tossed into the pig roaster.
During a deal to sell marijuana later in the night to Meo and Sturgis, DiNardo shot Meo, The Daily Mail said. Sturgis then attempted to run away, prompting DiNardo to shoot him until he ran out of ammunition. He then drove over Meo, who may have still been alive at that point, with a backhoe.
Kratz told police that DiNardo “basically crushed” Meo with the backhoe. DiNardo then used the same backhoe to transport the bodies. The men then dropped the bodies into the roaster, added gasoline and set it on fire.
Weintraub said the bodies of Meo, Finocchiaro and Sturgis were found buried 12 feet deep in one common grave. The remains of Patrick were recovered from a separate location on the farm. The prosecutor acknowledged making a deal to spare DiNardo the death penalty. He said without the deal in place, they would most likely still be searching for Patrick’s body.
Moreover, Weintraub said there were two murder weapons, and both have been recovered.
The confidential source with knowledge of the confession said one of the men was killed July 5 and the other three were killed July 7.
“Every death was related to a purported drug transaction, and at the end of each one there’s a killing,” the person said.
In a criminal complaint, DiNardo told authorities that he had agreed to sell Patrick four pounds of marijuana for $8,000. He had picked him up at his home in Newtown before driving him to the farm. He said Patrick only showed up with $800 and they walked to a remote part of the property where DiNardo peppered Patrick with a .22 caliber rifle, The Morning Call reported.
Backhoe Was Used
Reportedly, after Patrick was murdered, DiNardo used a backhoe to dig a hole for the body. It was found Thursday by investigators.
Prosecutors said DiNardo had been previously diagnosed with schizophrenia. He also suffered a head injury during an ATV accident last year.
Finocchiaro’s aunt, Tina, posted on Facebook that she was “completely crushed, heartbroken and numb,” The Morning Call reported.
“I lost my nephew to a crime that is unspeakable,” she wrote in a post. “Nobody should have to go through this. My heart goes out to his parents and all of the other parents.”
DiNardo’s lawyer says his client is remorseful.
“I’m sorry,” a shackled DiNardo said as he left a courthouse Thursday.
Kratz’s mom, Vanessa, declined to comment on the arrest of her son.
Paul Lang, DiNardo’s lawyer, had told reporters Thursday that the 20-year-old was ready to plead guilty to four counts of first-degree murder. Lang said in exchange for the confession, prosecutors agreed to take the death penalty off the table.
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