Lawyer says in­mate ad­mits killing four

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. — A jail in­mate who has been the fo­cus of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the dis­ap­pear­ances of four men ad­mit­ted Thurs­day that he killed them, his at­tor­ney said in a sur­prise de­vel­op­ment.

Cosmo DiNardo, 20, con­fessed to the com­mis­sion of or par­tic­i­pa­tion in four slay­ings and agreed to plead guilty to four mur­der counts, at­tor­ney Paul Lang said out­side court, where DiNardo had met with in­ves­ti­ga­tors. DiNardo also told in­ves­ti­ga­tors where the bod­ies are.

DiNardo, the son of the farm prop­erty’s own­ers, was be­ing held in lieu of $5 mil­lion cash bond be­fore his con­fes­sion, ac­cused of try­ing to sell one vic­tim’s car.

In ex­change for the co­op­er­a­tion, Lang said, pros­e­cu­tors were tak­ing the death penalty off the ta­ble. There was no im­me­di­ate com­ment from pros­e­cu­tors, but they retweeted news re­ports of DiNardo’s con­fes­sion.

The case took a grisly turn when hu­man re­mains were dis­cov­ered in a 12½-foot-deep grave on a farm.

The four men, all res­i­dents of Bucks County, dis­ap­peared last week. The re­mains of only one, Dean Finoc­chiaro, 19, have been iden­ti­fied, though au­thor­i­ties said other re­mains were found as well.

AP/MATT ROURKE

A hand­cuffed Cosmo DiNardo is es­corted to a wait­ing ve­hi­cle Thurs­day in Doylestown, Pa.

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