Background

Gay pornography actor Harlow Cuadra is currently on trial for capital murder in Luzerne County.

Investigators allege Cuadra and his partner Joseph Kerekes killed Brian Kocis in January 2007, believing Kocis was their main rival in the industry of producing pornographic movies.

Kerekes pleaded guilty in December 2008 to second-degree murder and is serving life in prison without parole.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Cuadra.




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Edward Lewis
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Brian Kocis Murder

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March 5, 2009

Kerekes might take stand, testify on Cuadra’s behalf

WILKES-BARRE – Joseph Kerekes’ last words when he left the Luzerne County Courthouse nearly three months ago were that he “absolutely will not testify for the state against Harlow (Cuadra).”

March 5, 2009

Man said he gave Cuadra $70K

WILKES-BARRE – Mouths opened and eyes widened among a few jurors on Wednesday when a customer of Harlow Cuadra’s male escort business in Virginia testified he gave Cuadra $70,000 to help pay for his defense on criminal homicide charges.

March 4, 2009

Kerekes to testify for Cuadra

WILKES-BARRE - Joseph Kerekes, who admitted to killing Bryan Kocis, is being transferred from a state prison in Dauphin County to the Lackawanna County Jail.

March 4, 2009

Day seven of Cuadra trial

WILKES-BARRE - A man from Georgia testified he gave $70,000 to homicide suspect Harlow Cuadra.

March 4, 2009

Rival felt like a suspect

WILKES-BARRE – Grant Roy, a producer of gay adult films, admits he had motive to kill Bryan Kocis.

March 3, 2009

Day six of Cuadra trial

WILKES-BARRE - Adult film producer Grant Roy said he believes his profession of producing gay pornographic movies is "an art."

March 3, 2009

Tape played of Cuadra, Kerekes talking to witness

WILKES-BARRE – Adult-film producer Grant Roy excused himself from the dinner table to use the restroom.

March 3, 2009

Letter details Cuadra’s anxieties

Homicide suspect Harlow Cuadra didn’t want any pictures of himself wearing jeans posted on Web sites. He also praised the fact that his self-given nickname, “The Stud Wonder,” was removed from his Web site, boybatter.com.

March 2, 2009

Day five of Cuadra trial

WILKES- BARRE - Prosecutors are playing the conversation between Grant Roy and Sean Lockhart with Harlow Cuadra and Joseph Kerekes to the Luzerne County jury.

March 1, 2009

Crowds fill courtroom for trial

There were empty seats inside Luzerne County courtroom No. 2 on the first day of Harlow Cuadra’s capital murder trial on Tuesday.

February 28, 2009

Actor’s underage comment briefly halts murder trial

WILKES-BARRE – Adult film star Sean Lockhart testified under oath on Friday that he was 17 years old when he appeared in two pornographic movies produced by Bryan Kocis in 2004.

February 28, 2009

Porn actor says he was fearful

WILKES-BARRE – If adult film model Sean Lockhart was concerned for his life, the seven minute video didn’t show it.

February 27, 2009

Prosecutors: Cuadra lied way into Kocis’ home

WILKES-BARRE – Robert Wagner said he told his best friend, Bryan Kocis, that the man who had applied to become a gay pornographic film model was not right for the part.

February 27, 2009

Day four of Cuadra trial

WILKES-BARRE - A seven minute video of Harlow Cuadra and Sean Lockhart playing catch with a football and walking nude on a beach near San Diego, Calif., was played to the jury on Friday.

February 26, 2009

Cuadra linked to victim

WILKES-BARRE – Justin Hensley said he was out of work in April 2005 when Joseph Kerekes offered him a job as an escort for Norfolk Male Escorts in Virginia.

February 26, 2009

Day three of Cuadra trial

WILKES-BARRE - Prosecutors are expected to show a Luzerne County jury a fire damaged plasma television and door from Bryan Kocis' Dallas Township home.

February 25, 2009

Motivation to murder in dispute

WILKES-BARRE – Harlow Cuadra and his partner, Joseph Kerekes, thought they would make hundreds of thousands of dollars if they filmed gay pornographic movies with the industry’s premier actor, a witness testified on Tuesday.

February 25, 2009

Day two of Cuadra trial

WILKES-BARRE - A former employee of Harlow Cuadra and Joseph Kerekes said he earned $225 working as a male escort.

February 24, 2009

Cuadra jury picked; opening arguments today

WILKES-BARRE – Prosecutors were moving computers, a projector screen and boxes of evidence into a Luzerne County courtroom Monday night in anticipation of Harlow Cuadra’s capital murder trial.

February 24, 2009

Cuadra capital murder trial opens

February 23, 2009

Cuadra trial set to start Tuesday morning

January 1, 2009

Judge approves Cuadra attorney change

January 1, 2009

Kerekes gets life sentence

January 1, 2009

Jurors in Kocis case may be polled on views about gays

January 1, 2009

Olszewski won’t delay Kocis case

January 1, 2009

Kocis case may see infirmity defense

January 1, 2009

Kocis trial now set for January

January 1, 2009

Attorneys: Kerekes’ rights violated

January 1, 2009

Cuadra follows Kerekes’ lead, claims same alibi

January 1, 2009

Prosecutor: Kerekes threatened to shift blame

January 1, 2009

Kerekes, cops tell 2 versions of meeting


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