The charges comes on the heels of Cosmo DiNardo's attorney saying that his client admitted to killing the four men and telling authorities the location of the bodies buried on a farm property in Solebury, Pa., owned by DiNardo's family.
Jimi Patrick, 19, Tom Meo, 21, Mark Sturgis, 22, and Dean Finocchiaro, 19, were all seen for the last time at differing times last week.
The man who confessed, Cosmo DiNardo, 20, knew the victims, and had been described by authorities as a "person of interest" in the disappearances. However, Kratz told police that Dinardo was the one who shot Finocchiaro.
Finally dogs-police officers who reportedly carried out by agents of the law to a common grave in which human remains have been found. Their bodies were found Wednesday in a 12-foot-deep common grave elsewhere on the same property. DiNardo's parents own the Aquetong Road property.
"I'm sorry", said DiNardo as he was led out of the Bucks County Justice Center in handcuffs and an orange jumpsuit.
Shortly after, Dinardo and Kratz allegedly planned to pick up Meo and Sturgis, take them to the large property and then rob them. The admission came in exchange for prosecutors taking the death penalty off the table, and DiNardo's lawyers did not provide motive or much in the way of details in making the announcement. Finocchiaro's body was then placed in a blue tarp and he was tossed into the pig roaster. Viewers could watch investigators haul up buckets of dirt and sift it through handheld screens in what looked like an archaeological dig.
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"In light of recent tragic events in our County, it is more important than ever that we gather to reflect and remember that we are a community and together we are strong", according to a press release. He said that body would not have been found at the DiNardo farm if the plea bargain had not been struck. 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.
DiNardo has had 30 "contacts" with the Bensalem Police Department over the last six years, the department's director, Frederick Harran, said in a telephone interview. They walked to a remote part of the property, where Dinardo said he fatally shot Patrick with a.22 caliber rifle, according to the affidavit.
DiNardo was arrested earlier in the week for allegedly trying to sell Meo's vehicle to a friend, which contained a diabetic kit Meo would not have left behind. The suspect remains in custody on $5 million cash bail. An affidavit in that case said he is "known to be suffering from mental illness".
ORIGlNAL STORY: Pennsylvania authorities and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are searching for four young men between the ages of 19 and 22 who vanished within days of each other last week, one on Wednesday and three on Friday.
Weintraub said he believed Dinardo and Kratz are the only ones involved in the killings, but said more information could change that position. "We will also find ways to celebrate Jimi's life and memory". The commitment meant he was barred from possessing guns, but nonetheless he had one in February when police charged him with having a shotgun.
A judge dismissed the charge in May, but the Bucks County district attorney's office authorized police to reinstate and refile charges last month. He also used at least two guns in the killings, investigators said.More news: Updates from the second Test at Trent Bridge