Attorney: Cosmo DiNardo confesses to killing four missing Bucks men
Jul 16 2017
- Sources tell FOX 29 a second person of interest was police custody in connection with the case of four missing Bucks County men, just hours after 20-year-old Cosmo DiNardoconfessed to the commission of and participation in four murders.
Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub canceled a planned update for 11 a.m. Friday and has now scheduled a 2 p.m. news conference in Doylestown, according to the office's Twitter feed.
The charges relate to the killings of Jimi Patrick, Thomas Meo, Mark Sturgis and Dean Finocchiaro, who went missing within miles of each other in Bucks County. Mr. DiNardo was named a person of interest in the case of the missing men, and on Wednesday he was charged with trying to sell the auto belonging to Mr. Meo.
DiNardo, whose family owns the farm, confessed on Thursday and agreed to plead guilty to the four murder counts, attorney Paul Lang said outside court, where DiNardo had met with investigators.
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. The other three bodies were found in 12 1/2-foot-deep common grave below an oil tank that had been converted into a cooker.
"Cosmo DiNardo has been charged with the murder of Mr. Finocchiaro, Mr. Meo, Mr. Sturgis and Mr. Patrick".
The vehicle was then found on land owned by Antonio and Sandra Dinardo, the parents of Cosmo.
"I don't know what convinced him" to confess, Weintraub said. "They walked to a remote part of the property, where DiNardo said he fatally shot Patrick with a.22-caliber rifle", according to prosecutors.
In his confession, Dinardo detailed a series of shocking killings with no clear motive. He used a backhoe to move the body into a metal tank. Later, Dinardo drove the backhoe back to the location where he shot Patrick, and buried his body in a hole about six feet deep.
The multi-agency investigation into centered on a farmland property in Solebury Township owned by Antonio and Sandra Dinardo.
Their arrests capped a grueling, disturbing week for residents of a bucolic region, the first responders and investigators who serve them, and a nationwide audience that watched the investigation unfold via dozens of local and national media outlets.
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.
Meo collapsed, screaming, and Sturgis attempted to run away when DiNardo allegedly began shooting at him, too. His lawyers, however, said his mental illness was being exploited in the case. The wire service cited an unidentified source with knowledge of the confession who said DiNardo admitted he killed the men separately - at least three were shot - and then burned their bodies at the farm. DiNardo was accused of illegally possessing a shotgun and ammunition after being involuntarily committed to a mental institution.
Asked whether DiNardo's information was critical to finding the body, the district attorney told reporters: "We'd still be looking, I know that much".
Co-counsel Michael Parlow said DiNardo is cooperating with the investigation. "We will also find ways to celebrate Jimi's life and memory". The body was later found Thursday by investigators.