Cosmo DiNardo In Court, May Still Face Death Penalty In Bucks County Murders

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By: David Spunt

BUCKS COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) – The cousins charged in the brutal murders of four menat a bucks county farm will be in court Thursday for their formal arraignment.

The suspects are now facing pressure to cooperate, even after authorities say Cosmo Dinardo admitted to shooting and burying the men.

DiNardo allegedly buried the men on a Bucks County farm earlier this year may face the death penalty.

An original agreement with prosecutors said DiNardo would avoid the death penalty if he admitted he was guilty.

Now, they’ve filed a notice of aggravating circumstances that still gives them the death penalty option.

But Dinardo’s attorney told Eyewitness News his client will not enter a guilty plea Thursday.

DiNardo admitted to killing Jimi Patrick, Dean Finocchiaro, Tom Meo and Mark Sturgis on his parents’ farm in July.

“The death penalty would only be something that could be bargained with and taken off the table in exchange for a guilty plea so we’re not at that point yet,” said DiNardo’s attorney Fortunato Perri Jr.

A separate notice was also filed for DiNardo’s cousin, Sean Kratz who is charged in three of the killings. A member of his legal team, attorney Craig Penglase, says he’s “disappointed and confused” by the DA’s action since “DiNardo is the admitted killer.”

Both men are expected to be in court Thursday for an arraignment.

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