Attorney: Jailed client admits killing four missing Pennsylvania men

Jul 16, 2017, 00:41
Attorney: Jailed client admits killing four missing Pennsylvania men

This combination of undated photos provided by the Bucks County District Attorney's Office shows four men who went missing last week: Tom Meo, top left; Jimi Tar Patrick, bottom left; Dean Finocchiaro, top right; and Mark Sturgis, bottom right.

Cadaver dogs led investigators this week to the spot on the family farm where they discovered human remains inside the 12 1/2-foot-deep grave.

ABC accessed the court documents with the full confessions of DiNardo and his cousin Sean Kratz, who has also been arrested and charged for involvement in the murders.

An attorney representing the couple issued a statement earlier Wednesday saying they sympathize with the families of the missing men and are cooperating "in every way possible with the investigation".

Bucks County DA
Bucks County DA

A preliminary hearing for the suspects, meanwhile, is scheduled for July 31.

"They are tenderly, painstakingly and reverentially recovering the remains of people they do not know and never even met", he said. "We have so much more to do to bring justice to this case".

Each victim has been positively identified, Weintraub said, and their family members were briefed on details of the case this morning. When they were out and turned their backs, he shot Meo, who fell to the ground screaming.

"As we are all deeply affected by this news, I encourage you to take care of yourself". At least three knew each other.

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Dinardo is also accused in the fatal shootings of Jimi Patrick and Dean Finocchiaro. Kratz is charged for three of the murders, while DiNardo faces charges for all four.

Murder charges have been filed against two suspects in the deaths of men found buried on a Pennsylvania farm.

On July 7, Dinardo picked up Kratz, described as a cousin and then drove to Finocchiaro's home.

DiNardo told investigators once they got to the farm, he shot Meo in the back and then shot Sturgis as he tried to run away.

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Once their bodies transported on the property of the parents Dinardo, they would have been burnt in a roasting pan for the pigs.

Three of the slain men were buried at the farm, in Solebury, in an oil tank that had been converted into a cooker. In exchange for his confession, prosecutors agreed to spare the confessed killer's life. When Dinardo was headed to Finocchiaro's home, he stopped and picked up his cousin, Kratz, and, court documents note the pair came up with a plan to rob Finocchiaro instead.

The search has focused on the extensive property - owned by Dinardo's parents, Antonio and Sandra, according to prosecutors - in Solebury Township. As they were leaving the barn, DiNardo said Kratz shot Finocchiaro in the head. Acquaintances and friends told reporters that DiNardo had been involved in an ATV accident some seven months prior to the killings and that ever since, something had been "off" with him. DiNardo also told investigators where the bodies are. After parking the Nissan at 2827 Aquetong Road, Meo and Sturgis rode with Dinardo in his truck to the adjacent Lower York Road property, where Kratz awaited, the affidavit states. A Bensalem man also told police that the day before DiNardo offered to sell him Meo's vehicle for $500. Court records add that Dinardo ran over Meo with the backhoe before using it to lift the both bodies into a metal tank where Finocchiaro's corpse was. He says Kratz shot Finocchiaro during the robbery.

While the news this week of the quadruple homicide in Bucks County has come out in spurts, Friday afternoon's release of the arrest affidavit reveals almost the entirety of the grisly events that led to the death of four young men.

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