Ross Feller Casey today filed the first wrongful death civil lawsuit stemming from the ghastly slayings of four young men earlier this year in Bucks County outside of Philadelphia.
Founding partner Robert Ross filed the lawsuit on behalf of the family of Mark Sturgis, 22, whose body was discovered in July buried on a farm in Solebury Township, Pa.
“With this lawsuit, the heartbroken parents of Mark Sturgis intend to hold accountable everyone responsible for the horrific death of their son, not just those who pulled the trigger,” Ross said. “This includes those who negligently and carelessly permitted either of the accused to gain access to firearms and equipment used in these heinous crimes.”
Named as defendants in the lawsuit are: Cosmo DiNardo and Sean Kratz, the two cousins charged with Sturgis’ murder and those of three other men; and DiNardo’s parents, who own the farm on which the men were buried.
The lawsuit alleges, among other things, that DiNardo used a Smith & Wesson 357 owned by and registered to his mother Sandra DiNardo to kill Sturgis, and that she and his father Antonio DiNardo failed to secure the handgun even though they knew he had a history of mental illness.
Filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, the lawsuit also contends that DiNardo’s parents created a dangerous situation to exist on their farm by allowing their son access to the property and also to equipment on it.
The lawsuit drew widespread media attention.
Read the story in The Philadelphia Inquirer
Read the story in The Bucks County Courier Times
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