UPDATE | 2 charged in killings of missing Pennsylvania men
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — An admitted drug dealer with a history of mental illness was charged tpday with the killings of four Pennsylvania men who vanished a week ago. A second suspect was also arrested and charged in three of the deaths.
Cosmo DiNardo, 20, is charged with all four homicides and 20 other counts, including abuse of corpse, conspiracy and robbery, according to court documents. Sean Kratz, 20, faces 20 counts, including three of criminal homicide.
DiNardo's lawyer announced Thursday his client had admitted to the killings and was cooperating with investigators. Kratz was arrested later the same day, authorities said.
All the victims are believed buried on a farm property in Solebury, Pa., owned by DiNardo's parents. Only one set of remains has so far been identified.
A person with firsthand knowledge of DiNardo's confession said he killed the men after he felt cheated or threatened during three drug transactions and then burned their bodies at his family's farm.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity on Thursday because he was not authorized to publicly discuss details of the case against 20-year-old Cosmo DiNardo, who was in custody.
DiNardo told authorities a co-conspirator from Philadelphia was involved in three of the deaths, the person said.
DiNardo has agreed to plead guilty to four first-degree murder counts, attorney Paul Lang said. In exchange for DiNardo's cooperation, Lang said, prosecutors would not seek the death penalty.
Lang called his client remorseful. As a law enforcement official escorted a shackled DiNardo from the courthouse on Thursday, he said "I'm sorry."
Kratz's mother, Vanessa, declined to comment on her son arrest's when reached by phone.