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Another victim lay screaming, they admitted, as Di Nardo ran over him with a backhoe.
And then, after investigators zeroed in on Di Nardo as their primary suspect this week, he used the location of the fourth man’s remains as a bargaining chip to save his own life.
Di Nardo told investigators he picked up Patrick on July 5 at his home in Newtown with an offer to sell him four pounds of marijuana for ,000.
When the man only brought 0 to the exchange, Di Nardo said, he led him to a remote part of his family’s property and shot him with a .22-caliber rifle.
But when detectives initially grilled Di Nardo earlier this week, he told them he kicked the man out of his truck and went fishing after learning Finocchiaro was headed to a “do a big coke deal,” according to court filings in the case.
It was only later and after Di Nardo’s confession Thursday that detectives learned Patrick was the first to die.
Four young men who disappeared from Bucks County last week were lured to their deaths with promises of being sold pounds of marijuana, only to be executed by a pair of cousins who later disposed of their bodies in gruesome fashion, authorities said Friday.
The accused killers — Cosmo Di Nardo and Sean Kratz, both 20 — admitted their involvement in the slayings on a 90-acre Solebury Township estate and were held without bail on charges including homicide, robbery, conspiracy and abuse of a corpse.
“What they’ve had to do, sitting through 96 painstaking hours at a site where weather conditions were awful at times, to see whether their loved ones are in the ground, that has been an overwhelming experience for them.” At a news conference in Doylestown, Weintraub confirmed that the bodies discovered in the common grave had been identified as those of Dean A. Prosecutors defended that deal Friday, saying that the victims’ families had been consulted and that investigators might not ever have found Patrick’s remains or gathered the evidence needed to charge Kratz without Di Nardo’s cooperation.Still, he and Kratz were no strangers to law enforcement — but primarily for petty, nonviolent crimes.