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Detective: Cousins went for cheesesteaks after 4 men killed

Written by Anthony Izaguirre/Associated Press | Sep 7, 2017 3:09 PM
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A law enforcement official escorts Cosmo DiNardo to a vehicle Thursday, July 13, 2017, in Doylestown, Pa. Lawyer Paul Lang, a defense attorney for DiNardo, said Thursday that his client has admitted killing the four men who went missing last week and told authorities the location of the bodies. Lang says prosecutors agreed to take the death penalty off the table in return for DiNardo's cooperation. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Doylestown) -- One of two cousins charged in the deaths of four men found buried on a farm told authorities he didn't participate in the killings and said the pair went out for cheesesteaks after the killings, a detective said at a court hearing Thursday.

Sean Kratz gave conflicting narratives when pressed by authorities to recall the July killings that he described as a "massacre" and blamed the deaths on his cousin Cosmo DiNardo, said Detective Martin McDonough, who took a statement from Kratz after the slayings.

"He was methodical in the way that he presented his story," McDonough testified as he recalled Kratz's statement, adding that the suspect said he vomited after the first man was shot. "He initially thought that he could talk his way out of his involvement here."

DiNardo and Kratz, both 20, appeared Thursday in a Doylestown courthouse in separate hearings that were filled with dozens of the victims' family members who wiped away tears as details of the killings were discussed.

All four victims were shot and at least three were set on fire and placed in an oil drum that was buried deep on a sprawling farm owned by DiNardo's parents. Police found the four missing men after a grueling, five-day search in sweltering heat and pelting rain that centered on the farm in Solebury, about 30 miles north of Philadelphia.

DiNardo waived his preliminary hearing via video conference. In exchange for prosecutors agreeing to not seek the death penalty, he admitted killing all four men, his lawyer has said.

Kratz is charged in three of the homicides. His lawyer has vowed a vigorous defense.
Both men are being held for trial.

Responding to questions from a reporter about the idea that Kratz was simply a bystander who isn't responsible for the killings, Gregg Shore, the first assistant district attorney in Bucks County, said the claim was "calculated." The prosecutor did not hesitate to use stronger language for DiNardo.

"He's a mass murderer, that's all I can really say about his behavior," Shore said.

An earlier story appears below. 

(Doylestown) -- A detective who took a statement from one of two cousins charged in the deaths of four men on a Pennsylvania farm says the suspect told him he and his cousin went out for cheesesteaks after the killings.

Detective Martin McDonough says 20-year-old Sean Kratz said the killings were carried out by his cousin Cosmo DiNardo and he didn't participate. The pair appeared in separate hearings Thursday in Doylestown.

McDonough testified Kratz described the killings as a "massacre" and told authorities he vomited after the first man was shot.

DiNardo admitted to killing the men on his parent's farm in July. His lawyer says the 20-year-old confessed in exchange for prosecutors agreeing not to seek the death penalty.
Kratz is charged with killing three of the men. He was held for trial.

An earlier story appears below. 

(Doylestown) -- One of two cousins charged in the deaths of four men who were found buried on a sprawling Pennsylvania farm has waived his preliminary hearing.

Twenty-year-old Cosmo DiNardo appeared via video conference Thursday in a court in Doylestown.

Three rows of seats in the courtroom gallery were filled with victims' family members.

DiNardo's cousin, 20-year-old Sean Kratz, is to be in court later Thursday.

DiNardo admitted to killing the men on his parent's farm in July. His lawyer says he confessed in exchange for prosecutors agreeing not to seek the death penalty.

Kratz is charged with killing three of the men.

Prosecutors say the bodies of three victims were found buried in a common grave. The fourth man was found at another location. All four had been shot.

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