After Shock Turn in Case of Missing Men, Hint of Motive

Small-town Pennsylvania left ‘disoriented in shock’ by grisly murders

"Make no doubt about it", Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said at an overnight news conference.

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

A second suspect is charged in the homicides of four Pennsylvania men who went missing a week ago.

DiNardo, of Bensalem, also is charged with 20 other counts, including abuse of corpse, conspiracy and robbery, according to court documents.

The victims are 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro, 22-year-old Mark Sturgis, 21-year-old Tom Meo and 19-year-old Jimi Taro Patrick. "We'd still be looking for Jimi Patrick had we not made this agreement". "They have done nothing to deserve this frightful, unspeakable tragedy that has been beset upon them".

The three men drove to the DiNardo farm and ended up in a barn where, according to the affidavit, Kratz shot Finocchiaro in the head with a handgun belonging to DiNardo's mother. Eric Beitz, a friend of one of the missing men, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that DiNardo was "aggressively" seeking new customers to sell marijuana and guns to and that some of the men first met DiNardo while he was trying to sell them weed. Prosecutors had filed lesser charges against him this week to put him in jail while they investigated the disappearances.

In a separate statement, Kratz largely corroborated DiNardo's story, saying Meo died after DiNardo "basically crushes him" with the backhoe.

DiNardo then allegedly used a backhoe to dig a hole about 6-feet deep, and buried Patrick inside. Dinardo shot Finocchiaro while he was on the ground, believing him to already be dead, and then disposed of the body in the aforementioned "pig roaster".

Patrick's body, which was found late Thursday, was buried in a hole no more than six feet deep by a backhoe used by Dinardo, the affidavit says.

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Cosmo DiNardo killed the men after luring them in with offers to sell them marijuana, authorities said.

"Every death was related to a purported drug transaction, and at the end of each one there's a killing", the source said. "DiNardo then shot and killed Patrick with a 22 caliber rifle", the documents say DiNardo told police. James Jackman, a 19-year-old who works at Antiques at the Old Church, right next to the farm, said that for this part of Pennsylvania to have a homicide investigation is "definitely out of character". The commitment meant he was barred from possessing guns, but nonetheless he had one in February when police charged him with having a shotgun.

At a press conference early Thursday morning, shortly after midnight, Weintraub addressed DiNardo, saying, "I feel that we bought ourselves a little bit of time in charging Mr. DiNardo with the stolen vehicle case today and getting that 5 million dollar bail". He also suffered a head injury past year in an ATV accident.

Finocchiaro's other relatives also posted on Facebook, writing about their struggle to cope with the news.

"I lost my nephew to a crime that is unspeakable", she wrote in a post.

DiNardo is "known to be suffering from mental illness". As DiNardo was led away in handcuffs, he said, "I'm sorry".

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.

DiNardo confessed to the killings on Thursday afternoon in exchange for prosecutors taking the death penalty off the table, his lawyer said.

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