Murder victim's uncle speaks out about 'calculated' killing in Pennsylvania

Murder victim's uncle speaks out about 'calculated' killing in Pennsylvania

Murder victim's uncle speaks out about 'calculated' killing in Pennsylvania

Sean Kratz, left, and Cosmo DiNardo.

On Thursday, in what his attorney called a "full confession", DiNardo admitted to authorities that he'd been involved in killing all four men, who were identified as Dean Finocchiaro, 19, of Middletown Township; Mark Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg, Montgomery County; Tom Meo, 21, of Plumstead Township; and Jimi Taro Patrick, 19, of Newtown Township. "Sean Kratz has been charged with the murders of Mr. Finocchiaro, Mr. Meo and Mr. Sturgis", Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub said.

Although the motive remains a mystery, all four men died meeting with the accused killer to buy marijuana.

Prosecutors have not confirmed Lang's announcement, but the AP reported that DiNardo killed the four separately after selling them marijuana, and then burned their bodies at his family's farm. The three men drove to DiNardo's family's property, where Kratz shot him in the head. DiNardo claims Kratz shot Finocchiaro first, but Kratz reportedly denied this and said only DiNardo shot him. He says Patrick only had $800 so he offered to sell him a shotgun instead; then he shot him.

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. Dinardo allegedly used the backhoe to lift their bodies up and put them in the metal tank with Finocchiaro's body, according to the complaint. After meeting them at the outdoor shopping mall Peddler's Village, Dinardo drove them in his truck back to the farm. DiNardo said he then drove a backhoe that was on the property to where Patrick lay, dug a hole no more than 6 feet deep and buried his body, according to the court documents.

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. Patrick's body was found in a separate grave late Thursday. He said he took Finocchiaro in his auto but kicked him out after declining to sell him drugs and then spent the rest of the night fishing.

The location is less than 2 miles from the location where Meo's vehicle was found in the garage of DiNardo's parents property on the 2800 block of Aquetong Road and less than a mile from where Mark Sturgis' vehicle was found in Peddler's Village, which is a tourist destination.

Police suspected early on that all the men knew each other.

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Police latched onto Dinardo after finding Meo's Nissan Altima and his diabetes kit on Dinardo's property. "I talked to him just about every day", said neighbor Bill Hale.

"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.

Dinardo and Kratz are cousins, the criminal complaint states. 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. They have a construction company and cement. He was arrested on a gun charge, which was later dropped.

DiNardo has been charged with possessing a firearm despite an involuntary mental health commitment.

The four men, all residents of Bucks County, disappeared last week.

Cosmo Dinardo wrapped the body of Dean Finocchiaro in a blue tarp last Friday night and attempted to drag the victim out of his family's Bucks County barn until the tarp got stuck on a nail.

Dinardo was released on bail on Tuesday when his father paid 10% of the $1 million bail in cash. Meo, in his Maxima, with Sturgis, followed DiNardo to his parent's property on the 2800 block of Aquetong Road.

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