The two 20-year-olds accused of the brutal summer murders known as the ‘Solebury Slayings’ have entered pleas of not guilty.
WBCB 1490 AM story:
Cosmo DiNardo, of Bensalem and Sean Kratz, of Philadelphia, could face a trial with three aggravating factors the Commonwealth can use to pursue the death penalty. The District Attorney’s office has listed them as: “1) that the murders occurred during the commission of a felony, 2) that the defendants are guilty of multiple murders, and 3) that the murders occurred during the commission of a drug-related felony.”
On July 7, the duo lured first Dean Finocchiaro, 19, of Middletown, then Thomas Meo, 21, of Plumstead, and Mark Sturgis, 22, of Pennsburg to the DiNardo family farm in Solebury to buy marijuana. Finocchiaro, Meo, and Sturgis were murdered, burned, and buried that day.
DiNardo committed a separate killing of Jimi Taro Patrick, 19, of Newtown earlier that same week.
Attorneys representing three of the families were present at Thursday’s arraignment and expressed their support for the death penalty.
Robert Ross of Ross Feller Casey, LLP, representing the Sturgis family, Thomas Klein of Klein and Specter, PC, representing the Finocchiaro family, and Andrew Duffy of Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky PC, representing the Meo family, all assured their support of the DA’s office, but is urging the “harshed punishment.”
“This is a very, very sensitive case, the stakes are incredibly high, life and death,” said Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub outside of the courtroom aside First Assistant DA Gregg Shore and Deputy DA Kate Kohler. “So far we are on track, and I am encouraged by that.”
The DA’s office only expressed the amount of evidence, in this case, is “extraordinary.”
“The death penalty is only imposed when there are aggravating circumstances,” Klein said. “And if there were a case or a matter which is tailor-made for the definition of aggravating circumstances – this is it.”
DiNardo along with defense team Paul Lang, Michael Parlow, and Fortunato Perri, and Kratz along defense attorneys Niels Eriksen and Craig Penglase will have 30 days to make a motion to suppress evidence, enter an insanity plea or confess an alibi.