Investigators hope the voice mails, text messages and e-mails will lead them to whomever set Kocis body ablaze in his living room on Midland Drive, according to recently filed court documents.
An affidavit of probable cause filed with the application for the search warrant reveals new details in the case, many of which show investigators believe Kocis knew his attacker or attackers. According to court documents:
An autopsy determined Kocis was stabbed 28 times in his torso, none of which appeared to be defensive wounds. The examination by Luzerne County Coroner Dr. Jack Consalvo also revealed a slash wound so violent it severed the victims left carotid artery, left jugular vein, trachea and a bone in his neck.
The victim was already dead when the living room was set on fire. The origin of the blaze was determined to be the living room couch, where investigators later found Kocis charred body. Officials found a folding-style knife nearby.
The front door of the home was left ajar while the fire raged, and investigators found no signs of forced entry or struggle.
Due to the lack of defensive wounds to the victim, and the fact that the exterior door of the residence was open at the time of the fire, the affidavit states, the suggestion is present that the victim may have had a personal association with said assailant(s).
Luzerne County Judge Peter Paul Olszewski Jr. granted the search warrant Friday. Since the investigation began a week ago, investigators have said that probing Kocis associations would lead to an arrest.
Kocis ran a successful pornographic Web site called Cobra Video, which offers paid subscriptions and mail-order videos featuring young-looking gay men. Kocis had been in embroiled in a lengthy lawsuit with California resident Sean Lockhart over the image rights to his featured models stage name, Brent Corrigan.
In 2001, police charged Kocis with molesting a 15-year-old boy at the Dallas Township home. But prosecutors later determined the boy lied about his age, and Kocis charges were reduced to one count of corruption of minors, an offense that did not require him to register as a sex offender under Megans Law.
Witnesses reported seeing a light-colored SUV leaving the scene of the crime at around 8 p.m. Wednesday night. State police say the driver of the vehicle is wanted for questioning.
Kocis charred former residence is no longer an active crime scene. The windows of the small, wood-sided, two-story home at 60 Midland Drive have been boarded up, and police caution tape still circles the perimeter of the property.
As of Monday afternoon, the Cobra Video web site was apparantly taken down.