Two men charged in homicides of missing Pennsylvania men

The Search for 4 Bucks County Missing Men: What We Know

Person Of Interest In Pennsylvania Disappearances Confesses To Killings

The search for four missing men in Bucks County in Pennsylvania is over and two men have been charged with murder.

The families of the victims agreed to take the death penalty off the table in exchange for his confession, according to Bucks County Assistant District Attorney Gregg Shore. The person said a co-conspirator was involved in the shooting deaths of three of the men, who had been reported missing.

As a law enforcement official escorted a shackled DiNardo from the courthouse on Thursday, he said "I'm sorry".

All four victims were shot and at least three set afire. While Kratz waited at the farm, court documents say, Dinardo returned with Meo and Sturgis all in a silver pickup truck driven by Dinardo.

Here's what we know about the mysterious disappearances and the investigation that has consumed this suburban community and riveted the nation. DiNardo, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, buried Patrick in the hole and later gave authorities the specific location where his remains could be found.

For good measure, DiNardo said he took the gun from Kratz and also shot Finocchiaro while he was lying face down on the floor, but claimed Finocchiaro was already dead when he shot him.

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DiNardo is "known to be suffering from mental illness".

The person of interest named in the disappearance of the four Pennsylvania men, Cosmo DiNardo, has confessed to their murders, one of his defense attorneys, Paul Lang, told reporters late Thursday afternoon.

Finocchiaro's body was found Wednesday in what authorities described as a 12.5-foot-deep "common grave" on a 90-acre property in Solebury Township in Bucks County.

While the news this week of the quadruple homicide in Bucks County has come out in spurts, Friday afternoon's release of the arrest affidavit reveals almost the entirety of the grisly events that led to the death of four young men. Authorities believe one was killed on July 5, and three were killed on July 7.

Dinardo would later tell police he had a Smith and Wesson.357 revolver. The charging documents state that DiNardo and Kratz chose to rob Finocchiaro instead. There was no immediate comment from prosecutors, but they retweeted news reports of DiNardo's confession. Patrick only had $800, and they walked to a secluded part of the property where DiNardo shot him with a.22 caliber rifle.

The other missing men are Mark Sturgis, 22, and Thomas Meo, 21, who worked together in construction, and Jimi Taro Patrick, 19, a student at Loyola University in Baltimore.

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On Thursday, DiNardo's lawyer announced that his client had admitted to the killings and was cooperating with investigators.

On July 7, DiNardo and Kratz met with Finocchiaro, also involving marijuana sales.

The vehicle was found on another property owned by the DiNardos, but was still officially registered to Meo. In exchange for that confession, prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty against him. The homeowner later posted the video to his Facebook page, where a witness - whose neighbor was dating Kratz at the time - identified him in the footage, the document states.

Young women listen to Matthew Weintraub, District Attorney for Bucks County, Pa., speak during a news conference in New Hope, Pa., Thursday, July 13, 2017. DiNardo then used the same backhoe to transport the bodies.

At this point, court documents say, Meo was screaming in pain and Dinardo climbed into a backhoe and ran over the injured Meo, killing him.

DiNardo, who ran out of ammunition, then drove his backhoe over Meo to make sure he was dead. Meo, in his Maxima, with Sturgis, followed DiNardo to his parent's property on the 2800 block of Aquetong Road.

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