Cosmo DiNardo and Sean Kratz plead not responsible to Bucks County murders


Cosmo Dinardo and Sean Kratz, the cousins charged in the deaths of four men found buried on a Philadelphia-area farm, both entered not guilty pleas during their arraignment Thursday.

The men, both 20, are charged with offenses including homicide, robbery and conspiracy.

On Wednesday prosecutors said capital punishment would be justified because there were multiple murders and the slayings were committed during commission of a felony and drug felonies.

The charges against Dinardo and Kratz stem from the July shooting deaths of 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro, 22-year-old Mark Sturgis, 21-year-old Tom Meo and 19-year-old Jimi Taro Patrick, whose bodies were found after a grueling, five-day search in sweltering heat and pelting rain that centered on the farm in Solebury, about 30 miles north of Philadelphia.

Authorities said in court documents that DiNardo said he lured the four men to the sprawling farm owned by his parents under the guise of marijuana transactions before killing them there. All four were shot and three were set on fire and placed in an oil drum that was buried.

The body of Patrick was found in a separate grave after DiNardo told police where to look, authorities said. Kratz is charged in three of the homicides. His lawyer has vowed a vigorous defense.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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