Southeastern PA

Bucks man waives hearing in shooting deaths of 4 men

3 bodies found buried in common grave

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. - The 20-year-old man accused of fatally shooting four men and burying their bodies on his family's Bucks County farm waived his preliminary hearing Thursday.

Cosmo DiNardo faces four counts of homicide along with conspiracy, robbery and abuse of corpse charges in connection with the deaths of Jimi Patrick, Mark Sturgis, Tom Meo, and Dean Finnochiaro. DiNardo appeared briefly before a Bucks County judge Thursday morning via video conference to waive his preliminary hearing.

Three rows of seats in the courtroom gallery were filled with victims' family members.

The charges were forwarded to Bucks County Court. DiNardo allegedly admitted to investigators in July that he killed the four men in exchange for the county district attorney agreeing to withdraw the death penalty.

DiNardo's cousin, 20-year-old Sean Kratz, is also due in court Thursday for his preliminary hearing. Kratz is charged with killing three of the men.

Authorities allege DiNardo confessed to killing the four young men separately after selling them marijuana. He allegedly burned the bodies at his family's farm in Solebury Township. Investigators found three bodies in a 12-foot deep hole and the fourth body elsewhere on the family's sprawling property.

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