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Breaking News: Cuadra appeals verdict 4:33 p.m.

By Coulter Jones
Staff Writer
Published: Tuesday, April 7, 2009 4:35 PM EDT
Harlow Raymond Cuadra, who was convicted of first-degree murder and given a life sentence for Bryan Kocis' January 2007 stabbing death, is appealing his guilty verdict.

Cuadra "hereby appeals to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania from the Conviction and Sentence on March 16, 2009," reads a one-page document filed at the Luzerne County Courthouse today by Cuadra's attorney Paul J. Walker.

Cuadra, 27, of Virginia Beach, Va., was found guilty following a three-week-long trial, but the jury could not reach a unanimous decision for the death penalty.

Cuadra, prosecutors said, killed Kocis, 44, in order to eliminate him as a rival of gay pornography. Kocis was stabbed multiple times and his Dallas Township home was set on fire. Cuadra was found guilty of arson as well as other charges related to the murder. Cuadra's former lover and business partner Joseph Kerekes pleaded guilty in December to second-degree murder and is serving a life sentence.

Read the full story in tomorrow's edition of The Citizens' Voice.

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