Second suspect charged in murders of four men whose bodies were torched, buried on Pennsylvania farm – New York Daily News
The horrific details of a Pennsylvania pot dealer’s killing spree emerged Friday, with four helpless victims gunned down and bodies incinerated in a “pig roaster.”
Multiple charges were officially filed against cousins Cosmo DiNardo and Sean Kratz, both 20, after the pair provided police with separate incriminating statements following their arrests.
Four men, ages 19 to 22, were shot to death, with the killers attempting to burn the remains of three victims on a sprawling 90-acre farm owned by DiNardo’s parents.
The defendants were jailed without bail and ordered held separately at a Friday afternoon hearing. DiNardo confessed to all four homicides to avoid the death penalty.
According to documents released Friday, the killings were all done after DiNardo lured the victims to meet him about a $700 marijuana deal.
Officials charged Kratz with firing a bullet from a .357 Smith & Wesson into the head of Dean Finocchiaro, 19, as they left a barn on July 7.
The murder weapon belonged to DiNardo’s mother, authorities said.
DiNardo admitted blasting Thomas Meo, 21, in the back and gunning down Mark Sturgis, 22, as he ran for his life. The killer then ran over Sturgis’ body with a backhoe.
The first of the Keystone State killings came two days earlier, when DiNardo sold Jimi Taro Patrick, 19, an $800 shotgun before killing him with a .22-caliber rifle.
In the most gruesome part of the carnage, the bodies of Finocchiaro, Meo and Sturgis were loaded into a metal oil tank that DiNardo called the “pig roaster.”
He poured gasoline over the bodies inside, set them ablaze and returned a day later to bury the three men inside a 12-foot-deep grave dug out with a backhoe.
Patrick was buried about a quarter-mile away.
On top of charges of murder, conspiracy and robbery, both suspects were accused of corpse abuse.
Bob Stewart reporting in Doylestown, Pa.
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