No bail for PA cousins facing charges over 4 deaths

Top row: Dean Finocchiaro, 18, left, and Tom Meo, 21.

"He's told me and my friends, 'Yeah, I've killed people before, I just haven't been caught, '" the man said.

DiNardo gave Kratz a Smith and Wesson.357 handgun, which belonged to his mother.

"So DiNardo offered to sell him a shotgun for that amount", according to the affidavit. "It is my hope that he does not post that but that is his prerogative of course if he can post it, but we're going to start looking seriously at the homicide charges and in fact we already have pursued that option". On one day, viewers could watch investigators haul up buckets of dirt and sift it through handheld screens in what looked like an archaeological dig.

Meo's 1996 Nissan Maxima was discovered on the same farm as Finocchiaro's body and the other human remains.

"I'm not sure I could if we could ever answer that question", he said at a news conference Friday afternoon. "I'd like to think that he wanted to help us get these boys home". All lived in the area of New Hope in Bucks County, roughly a half-hour from Philadelphia.

"Every death was related to a purported drug transaction, and at the end of each one there's a killing", the person said, according to the AP.

At least some of the missing men are friends, but it's unclear how well they knew DiNardo, if at all.

The prosecutor, who has held twice-daily briefings, made it clear Thursday he knew a lot more than he was saying, citing the need to protect the investigation.

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Patrick was shot to death by DiNardo on July 5 as the two were alone on the farm, prosecutors charge.

Three of the slain men were buried at the farm, in Solebury, in an oil tank that had been converted into a cooker.

On July 7, Dinardo agreed to sell a quarter-pound of marijuana to Finocchiaro, the affidavit states.

Police were back at the farm Thursday, digging away in the dust and the 90-degree-plus heat and using plywood to shore up the deep, tent-covered trench that they excavated at the spot where Weintraub said dogs smelled "these poor boys 12½ feet below the ground".

The location is less than 2 miles from the location where Meo's vehicle was found in the garage of DiNardo's parents property on the 2800 block of Aquetong Road and less than a mile from where Mark Sturgis' vehicle was found in Peddler's Village, which is a tourist destination. However, court documents note, Kratz claimed Dinardo shot Finocciaro. Dinardo said he picked him up at Patrick's home in Newtown on July 5 and drove him to the Dinardo property at 6071 Lower York Road in Solebury, the affidavit says.

According to court documents, Dinardo told police, "When they turn their backs on me, I shot Tom [Meo] in the back".

Dinardo then drove the backhoe over Meo and "basically crushes him", Kratz told police, according to the complaint. DiNardo said he then used the backhoe to lift the bodies of Meo and Sturgis and place them in the same metal tank where he had placed Finocchiaro's body.

Beitz went on to say that DiNardo was known for dealing marijuana and selling firearms, aggressively searching for new customers - his mobile number was circulated regularly by resident teenagers.

For five days, dozens of law enforcement officers searched the farmland owned by DiNardo's parents. An attorney for the family, Fortunato Perri Jr., said in a statement that they were not connected to the alleged homicides. But he was not arrested again on the charge until July 10, days after the men went missing.

  • Megan Austin