Second Man Charged In Deaths Of Four In Pennsylvania

Cousins Charged in Murder of 4 Missing Pennsylvania Men

Cousins Charged in Murder of 4 Missing Pennsylvania Men

Two cousins have been charged with murder in the shooting deaths of four young men from Bucks County, Pa. - as prosecutors detailed Friday how each man was killed in a drug deal gone bad.

The next day, Kratz and DiNardo returned to the scene to bury the three men in 12 ½-foot deep holes.

In a statement on its website, the Bucks County District Attorney's office announced that Sean Kratz, believed to be a relative of DiNardo, has also been charged in connection with the murders of Dean Finocchiaro, 19, of Middletown Township; Thomas Meo, 21, of Plumstead Township; and Mark Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg, Montgomery County.

Two men are now charged with the killings of four young men in an affluent Philadelphia suburb.

The person of interest in the case of four missing Bucks County men confessed to murdering the men.

Investigators said it appears some of the men knew each other.

Cadaver dogs led authorities to the spot on the 90-acre farm in Solebury Township where they discovered the remains inside a 12½-foot-deep common grave.

Prosecutors agreed to take the death penalty off the table in return for DiNardo's cooperation, Lang said.

The search has focused on the extensive property - owned by Dinardo's parents, Antonio and Sandra, according to prosecutors - in Solebury Township.

District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said on Friday that Mr DiNardo disclosed the location of the men's remains as part of the deal. DiNardo admitted that there are two different sites where the bodies are buried. "One way or another", Weintraub said.

"We've brought four young men one step closer to their loved ones so that they may rest in peace", Weintraub said.

Both men have confessed to investigators, according to officials.

Authorities had charged DiNardo earlier this year with having a gun despite an involuntary mental health commitment.

The mysterious case of the missing men - all between the ages of 19 and 22 - has transfixed this region since all four vanished last week.

A person with firsthand knowledge of DiNardo's confession said he killed the men after he felt cheated or threatened during three drug transactions and then burned their bodies at his family's farm.

DiNardo agreed to sell Finocchiaro a quarter-pound of weed for $700 - but when he and Kratz arrived at Finocchario's home, the two cousins chose to rob him instead.

The Associated Press, citing a source with knowledge of the confession, reported that DiNardo killed each man separately after selling them marijuana.

Susan Coleman, a woman who lives near the farm, told NBC10's Deanna Durante that she heard gunshots from around the property on Saturday - hours after Meo and others were last seen. Also found in the Nissan was Meo's insulin kit for treatment of his diabetes, which the district attorney said he "never went anywhere without". Dinardo then ran over Meo with a backhoe before using it to lift both Meo and Sturgis' bodies into a metal tank where he already had placed Finocchiaro's body.

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