Cousins could avoid trial in deaths of 4 men found on farm

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DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Two cousins charged in the deaths of four young men found buried on a suburban Philadelphia farm are expected to resolve their criminal case without a trial.

Pennsylvania missing men from left to right: Jimi Patrick, Tom Meo, Dean Finocchiaro and Mark Sturgis

Cosmo DiNardo and Sean Kratz, both 21, will be in court on Wednesday for hearings seen as the final step in closing the matter.

Police found the missing men, ages 19 to 22, after a grueling, five-day search last July. Three were lit on fire and placed 12-feet (3-meters) deep in an oil tank converted into a pig roaster.

DiNardo allegedly lured them to his family's 90-acre (36-hectare) farm under the guise of making marijuana deals.

Kratz is charged in three of the deaths.

DiNardo is charged in all four. His lawyer says he confessed to avoid the death penalty.