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Cosmo DiNardo charged with 4 homicides, 2nd man accused in 3 slayings

15 July 2017, 08:20 | Melvin Schneider

Two cousins have been charged in connection with the deaths of four missing men in Pennsylvania, after police found remains on a property owned by the family of one of the suspects.

Investigators with the Federal Bureau of Investigation continued to look for the bodies on the farm Thursday evening, local media reported.

Jimi Tar Patrick, 19, of Newtown Township, has been missing since Wednesday, while Finocchiaro, Mark Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg, and Tom Meo, 21, of Plumstead, all disappeared Friday.

A week later while being interviewed a second time by police, DiNardo told investigators he arranged an $8,000 marijuana deal with Patrick on July 5.

The details were provided after one of DiNardo's lawyers said Thursday that DiNardo had confessed to killing the missing men and told investigators where their bodies were located.

Police early on focused on DiNardo as a person of interest in the case of the missing men, after a signal from Finocchiaro's cellphone was traced to DiNardo's family farm. Cosmo DiNardo has confessed to these crimes that include the shooting of these missing men, then burning their bodies and burying the remains on his family's farm.

Kratz was charged with three counts of criminal homicide, nine counts of conspiracy, three counts of robbery, three counts of abuse of a corpse, possession of a weapon and possession of an instrument of crime with intent.

DiNardo, who allegedly killed the victims after selling them marijuana, according to the BBC, felt cheated during the illegal transaction.

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Investigators also recovered the bodies of Meo and Sturgis in the "common grave" on Wednesday, according to the complaint. "We just don't know how many homicides", Weintraub said at his middle-of-the-night news conference.

That same day, DiNardo told detectives he met Meo and Sturgis at a church parking lot in Peddlers Village.

In his confession, Dinardo detailed a series of shocking killings with no clear motive. "I don't know what convinced him (to confess)", Weintraub said.

According to DiNardo's lawyer, Paul Lang, the death penalty is off the table, since the killer is ready to plead guilty on account of 4 first-degree killings.

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

Patrick, who was a year behind DiNardo at a Catholic high school for boys, was last seen on July 5, while the other three vanished two days later. Each of the murders began as a drug deal, and in at least one case, DiNardo used a backhoe on his parent's property to dig the grave. On Facebook, Mr. DiNardo is friends with Mr. Patrick, and he and Mr. Finocchiaro both belonged to a group for enthusiasts of all-terrain vehicles. The charging documents state that DiNardo used a backhoe to pick up both men's bodies, put them in the same metal tank as Finocchiaro and poured gasoline into the metal tank and lit it.

He was arrested on Monday on an unrelated gun charge dating from February, accused of illegally possessing a shotgun and ammunition after being involuntarily committed to a mental institution.

Later that same day, DiNardo shot Sturgis and Meo and placed them in the same tank as Finocchiaro.

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