Bucks County murder suspect ran over and crushed victim, who may have still been alive, after running out of ammunition

A suspect in the Bucks County, Pennsylvania, quadruple homicide case that has gripped the nation showed remarkable cruelty and violence in the murders of four young men, according to the account he reportedly gave police.

Cosmo DiNardo, 20, confessed his involvement in the four murders on Thursday, while also implicating his cousin, Sean Kratz, who has since been arrested on homicide charges.

According to a police affidavit obtained by the Philadelphia Inquirer and referenced in a Bucks County District Attorney’s Office news statement, DiNardo ran out of ammunition after firing shots at both Thomas C. Meo, 21, and Mark P. Sturgis, 22, who DiNardo lured to his family’s 90-acre farm property with a plan to sell them marijuana. But as soon as the victims exited DiNardo’s car, the suspect shot Meo, who reportedly fell to the ground screaming. Sturgis then reportedly tried to flee, but DiNardo shot him as he was trying to escape.

Out of ammunition, he told police he then reportedly can over Meo with a backhoe, crushing him. It appears possible that Meo was still alive when DiNardo ran him over, though no report has confirmed this.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Kratz was allegedly present during the murders of Meo, Sturgis, and Dean A. Finocchiaro, 19. DiNardo claims Kratz shot Finocchiaro first, but Kratz reportedly denied this and said only DiNardo shot him. Both men are believed to have worked together to dispose of the three bodies, by placing them in a metal tank used as a pig roaster, and using a backhoe to dig a 12-foot grave on the property. The men reportedly tried to burn the bodies before burying them, but the Bucks County District Attorney said in a press conference Friday that he did not believe this attempt was successful.

DiNardo allegedly shot and killed 19-year-old Jimi T. Patrick first, on July 5, and he is believed to have acted alone in that murder. The suspect reportedly told investigators where on the Solebury Township property they could find Patrick after prosecutors agreed to take the death penalty off the table. All four sets of remains have been recovered and positively identified.

At a press conference Friday, Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said he was not sure of any motive, or had a clear explanation for why the marijuana deals all turned so violent. Police have confirmed that the four victims and DiNardo were previously acquainted before the murders, and at least three of the victims knew each other. 

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Kratz and DiNardo are being held without bail in separate jails. They are due back in court on July 31 for a preliminary hearing.

 

Feature photo: Bucks County Sheriff’s Office