DOYLESTOWN, Pa. - The victim's families sat alert but with tears in their eyes as they heard new details about the killings and possibly the ground work for a defense.
Cosmo DiNardo, 20, appeared in court via video conference Thursday, waiving his preliminary hearing. The courtroom was packed with victims' family members.
"They didn't get to see him face to face, but they saw him. He appeared to be a cowardly individual on that screen, in that video," said Tom Kline, attorney for victim's family.
Later in the day in a separate hearing, DiNardo's cousin, Sean Kratz, 20, also appeared. This time, in person.
The DA said the two men lured Dean Finocchiaro, Thomas Meo, and Mark Sturgis to DiNardo's farm in Solebury Township on July 7 under the guise of selling them marijuana.
They then killed them and buried them on the farm, officials said. That was two days after DiNardo allegedly killed Jimi Patrick and buried him in a separate location.
One of the attorneys representing the Finocchiaro's said the families are having a tough time dealing with what's happened.
"It's unfathomable that this could have happened in this grotesque and horrible manner," Kline said.
Investigators said after the homicides, Kratz and DiNardo dined on cheesesteaks.
"The act of murder itself was grotesque enough, but to think that these men then went for a cheesesteak following the murder that is described by one of the accomplices here as a massacre is just beyond comprehension," Kline said.
But Kratz's attorney said his client didn't participate in any of the killings.
"Cosmo DiNardo is responsible for killing those boys. What we heard today is that my client was present when those killings took place and certainly one could infer that he was standing next to a killer when these things took place and I would certainly be in fear of that man," Kratz's attorney Craig Penglase said.
DiNardo and Kratz were held for trial. They will be back in court in Doylestown on October 6.
As a spring storm continues to dump snow on Berks County, BARTA put the brakes on bus service in Berks County.Read More »
- US Senate confirms top prosecutor for Pa.'s Eastern District
- Traffic restrictions, road crews in place ahead of storm
- PennDOT prepares for yet another winter storm
- Too-young lieutenant governor candidate ordered off ballot
- Transit riders warned of disruptions due to storm
- Political analyst foresees hard-fought race for 6th District
- Updated Allentown Police Chief Glen Dorney is retiring
- UPDATED: Snowfall totals from the 69 News' viewing area
- YOUR PHOTOS: Fourth major winter storm in 3 weeks
- Berks County snow totals: How much have you seen?
- Snow days equal shortened spring break, longer school year
- Health Beat: Out of options: New valve saves hearts
- Lawmaker accused of abusing colleague won't seek re-election
- Senate approves bill to protect domestic violence victims
- Attorney: Dad wasn't primary caregiver for baby found dead
- DA to hold news conference on violent drug trafficking group