A second person of interest was taken into custody late Thursday in the investigation into the gruesome murders of four men on a secluded farm in Pennsylvania.
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.
Weintraub said that had the death penalty not been taken off the table to get a confession from DiNardo, they may not have found Patrick's body.
Asked why four marijuana deals led to the deaths of four young men, Weintraub said he had no answer. Police have confirmed that the four victims and DiNardo were previously acquainted before the murders, and at least three of the victims knew each other.
The DiNardo family's lawyer, Fortunato Perri Jr., had previously said in a statement that Cosmo DiNardo's parents are cooperating with law enforcement.
His father bailed him out, but he was jailed again later in the week on the stolen-car charges, and bail was set much higher, after a prosecutor said he was a danger to the community because he had been diagnosed as schizophrenic.
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On Monday, Dinardo was arrested for an unrelated charge of possessing a firearm despite suffering from a mental illness.
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Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said that if he hadn't made the deal, "we'd still be looking" for Jimi Patrick's body, which was buried about half of a mile away from the other grave. Cosmo DiNardo, a 20-year-old linked to a Pennsylvania farm at the center of a search for the four missing men, was arrested Wednesday, July 12, 2017, on charges he tried to sell one man's auto after he went missing, authorities said in announcing the first big break in the case.
According to court documents, Dinardo told police, "When they turn their backs on me, I shot Tom [Meo] in the back".
On July 7, Dinardo allegedly picked up Kratz, and they planned to rob Finocchiaro, the affidavit states.
DiNardo and his parents met with authorities at the county courthouse in Doylestown for several hours Thursday. "I talked to him just about every day", said neighbor Bill Hale.
On February 9, police responded to a report of gunfire in DiNardo's neighbourhood and found him in his vehicle with a shotgun, and he told the officers that he had been involuntarily committed, Harran said.
DiNardo used a.22-caliber rifle and "finishes him off", Kratz told investigators. DiNardo then used the same backhoe to transport the bodies. Finocchiaro was last seen on the evening of July 7, as was Thomas Meo, 21, and Mark Sturgis, 22. DiNardo sold quarter-pound quantities of marijuana for several thousand dollars and sold handguns to area residents, the person said.
Dinardo on Thursday confessed to his involvement in the slayings, according to his attorney.
Dinardo has been in custody since Wednesday afternoon after he was accused of stealing and attempting to sell Meo's vehicle. In exchange, investigators agreed not to seek the death penalty.
DiNardo, who ran out of ammunition, then drove his backhoe over Meo to make sure he was dead. DiNardo drove a backhoe to the crime scene and buried him, the documents state.
Later the same day, DiNardo picked up Meo and Sturgis.
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