Suspect admits to killing 4, burning bodies

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 15, 2017

The Solebury Township farm was owned by his parents. DiNardo agreed to plead guilty to four first-degree murder counts, attorney Paul Lang said.

DiNardo's lawyer said his client is remorseful and led investigators to the men's remains. But the prosecutor continued to stop short of calling him a suspect.

When reporters asked Dinardo - wearing glasses, an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs - what he would say to the relatives of the victims, he responded: "I'm sorry".

Finocchiaro, Meo and Sturgis all knew each other, the AP reported, and news outlets have reported that cars belonging to two of the men have been located.

Bucks County District Attorney's Office photos show L-R, top row: Dean Finocchiaro, 18, and Tom Meo, 21, L-R bottom row: Jimi Patrick, 19, and Mark Sturgis, 22 as authorities say they are searching for the four missing men in Bucks County, about 40 miles north of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 11, 2017.

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

Patrick, 19, was shot and killed on July 5, and Dinardo allegedly used a backhoe to dig a 6-foot-deep hole and bury him, the affidavit states. Dinardo then took him to a remote part of the property, gave him a shotgun, and then shot and killed him with a 22 caliber rifle, according to the affidavit.

Kratz and DiNardo had chose to rob Finocchiaro after luring him to the farm, but for some reason, Kratz shot him in the head, the affadavit said.

The trio murdered on July 7 were dumped in a giant metal tank DiNardo called a "pig roaster". There, Kratz shot Finocchiaro in the head with a handgun that belonged to Dinardo's mother, Dinardo said, according to the criminal complaint. Dinardo told police that he shot Meo in the back, and as Sturgis started to run away, Dinardo shot Sturgis, killing him.

Two days later, DiNardo agreed to sell Finocchiaro a quarter of a pound of pot for $700 and picked him up from his Middletown home with Kratz, who DiNardo told authorities is his cousin. 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.

Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub declined to comment on the case Friday morning, but has scheduled a 2 p.m. press conference. In seeking $5 million bail on a stolen auto charge this week, prosecutors said he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Kratz, who is linked to addresses in the Oxford Circle section of Philadelphia and in Upper Dublin, was taken into custody by Philadelphia police late Thursday. Most recently, he was charged in February with burglary, conspiracy, criminal trespassing, theft, receiving stolen property and criminal mischief, according to court documents.

Patrick attended Loyola University in Maryland on a full scholarship and was majoring in business, his grandparents said in a statement.

Here's what you should know about the search in Bucks County, Pa.

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