Cosmo DiNardo and Sean Kratz are expected in Doylestown on Wednesday for a hearing on the quadruple murders in Solebury Township last summer.
The duo faces criminal homicide in the first degree among various other charges. After a multi-day search, DiNardo confessed to shooting and burying Jimi Taro-Patrick, 19. Then enlisting Kratz days later and brutally killing and burying Dean Finocchiaro, 19, Mark Sturgis, 22, and Tom Meo, 21 after attempting to burn their bodies.
Following an end of April in-chambers meeting, First Assistant DA Gregg Shore on the case said “to be at the courthouse” on May 16. DiNardo’s hearing is set for 10 a.m, and Kratz’ at 2 p.m.
Kratz’ attorney dealing with the death penalty, Niels Eriksen said the meeting was very productive. His partner handling the trial is Craig Penglase.
“We’re hopeful that next Wednesday will be the final hearing in this matter,” Eriksen told WBCB 1490.
DiNardo and Kratz both plead not guilty in mid-December at a formal arraignment. The District Attorney’s Office filed three aggravating factors against the 20-year-olds to pursue the death penalty if brought to trial. The details include the fact that the murders were carried out during a drug-related felony, as the men murdered were going to meet DiNardo, eventually with Kratz, to pick up marijuana at his family’s farm in Solebury.
A resolution between the defense and prosecution could be reached, at least for DiNardo who was promised no death penalty in July if he pleads guilty, and gives up the location of Taro-Patrick’s body on his family’s sprawling acre farm.
Eriksen said, “Until the case is completely resolved we’ll still preparing for the death penalty.”
DiNardo is being represented by the defense team of Paul Lang, Michael Parlow, and Fortunato Perri.
According to a schedule given out by the Bucks County President Judge Jeffrey Finely the prosecution and attorneys are supposed to have pre-trial motions filed by Friday, May 11.
The trial is set for the fall if it makes it to that point.