NEW HOPE, Pa. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A 20-year-old man has confessed to killing four young men who disappeared in Pennsylvania last week, his lawyer says.
Cosmo DiNardo, who had already been arrested on separate charges, reportedly told police where to find the bodies. Police said he suffers from schizophrenia.
News of DiNardo’s confession came a day after multiple human remains were discovered on his family farm in Bucks County.
Authorities identified one of the victims as 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro.
“We can now identify Dean Finocchiaro, 19 years old of Middletown, as one of the people that was found buried in that grave,” Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said. “He has been missing since Friday and we notified his family that we have recovered his body.”
Also missing since Friday are 22-year-old Mark Sturgis and 21-year-old Tom Meo. Ninteen-year-old Jimi Tar Patrick, a student at Loyola University in Baltimore, disappeared on Wednesday.
Authorities are trying to identify the other remains that were found in the 12.5-foot-deep grave on the sprawling farm in suburban Philadelphia.
DiNardo apologized as he left a courthouse in shackles Thursday.
“I’m sorry,” he told reporters.
A person who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity said the victims were shot in the head or the back after DiNardo felt cheated or threatened during three drug transactions.
DiNardo sold quarter-pound (113-gram) quantities of marijuana for several thousand dollars and sold handguns to area residents, the source said.
He was also accused of trying to sell Meo’s car after he went missing.
DiNardo’s lawyer said he confessed to avoid the death penalty.
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