Bucks County’s President Judge Jeffrey Finely has the year planned out for the two accused of the brutal Solebury murders.
Cosmo DiNardo, of Bensalem, and Sean Kratz, of Philadelphia, both 20, will face trial on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Bucks County Justice Center, according to an order signed by Finely on Thursday.
The duo is facing third-degree murder among various other charges for the harsh deaths of Dean Finocchiaro, 19, of Middletown, then Thomas Meo, 21, of Plumstead, and Mark Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg. DiNardo faces separate charges for the death of Jimi Taro Patrick, 19, of Newtown.
The four men murdered were going to DiNardo’s family farm to purchase marijuana. Patrick was shot and buried in a shallow grave by DiNardo. Then the next day, along with Kratz, they shot and burned Finocchiaro, Meo, and Sturgis. They buried them the following day.
The Commonwealth filed three aggravating factors after the formal arraignment in late Dec. which notes the murderous acts were committed in the process of a drug-related crime.
According to the court document, April 26 will be a status hearing followed by a pre-trial motion filing date for all parties on May 11. In September, hearings on motions are set to last three days. Then on Oct. 29, jury selection will begin.
Copies of the schedule were sent the District Attorneys on the case, as well as DiNardo’s and Kratz’ defense attorneys.