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Harlow Cuadra Testifies in Gay Porn Murder Trial: 'I'm No Killer'

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Porn actor Harlow Cuadra took the stand in his own defense yesterday as his trial for the 2007 murder of porn producer Bryan Kocis entered its final days. Cuadra and fellow actor Joseph Kerekes are accused of the murder of gay porn producer Bryan Kocis and setting fire to Kocis' home to cover it up.

Cuadramurder WNEP reports that Kerekes shocked the courtroom by saying he changed his mind at the last minute to testify in Cuadra's defense:

"Before Cuadra's testimony, Kerekes, who was in shackles, took the stand. He admitted he had agreed to testify on Cuadra's behalf but had a late change of heart. 'I've been thinking a lot about my parents. It would destroy them to say I did something I didn't do,' Kerekes told the court. After Kerekes left the courtroom, Cuadra told jurors his former lover was controlling, jealous and a sociopath. Cuadra said Kerekes was the murderer who burst into Kocis' home and, 'Takes out this knife and slashes him. Bryan immediately grabs his throat.' Cuadra became emotional and sobbed at times while on the stand. He told jurors he was so frightened by what Kerekes had done that he kept his mouth shut. At one point in the testimony, Cuadra turned to his mother sitting in the courtroom and said, 'I'm sorry Mama. I'm sorry.'"

Kerekes pleaded guilty in December to second-degree homicide and is serving a life sentence.

Closing arguments are scheduled for today. Cuadra may face the death penalty if convicted.

WNEP's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I can't even pretend to be interested in this case...but why are all porno guys really teeny tiny for the most part? Little teeny tiny gymnist gyroscopes as david foster wallace wrote. Lolly pop guild.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 11, 2009 2:22:24 PM


  2. I've been following this case closely now for two years, and I must say, it's great to findly see it coming to an end.

    Harlow Cuadra is as guilty as sin in this case. This was obvious soon after his arrest back in May of 2007, but for "political" reasons many in the gay porn industry urged him to falsely proclaim his innocence, and hold out for a trial.

    The dramatic incident with Joe Kerekes in court was poetic justice at it's finest! The Harlow supporters thought they were going to spring a surprise on everyone that day. They thought wrong, ha ha! It was Joe who turned the table on them, leaving their case in shambles. A truly glorious moment!

    BTW, special credit has to go to two incredible heroes in this case, Grant Roy and Sean Lockhart (aka "Brent Corrigan"), who at great risk of harm to themselves managed to record both Cuadra and Kerekes incriminating themselves on tape, in two seperate "sting" meetings (one on a gay nude beach). The prosecution case would have been MUCH more difficult had it not been for the commendable bravery of Roy and Lockhart.

    Posted by: hotsauce | Mar 11, 2009 3:10:05 PM


  3. This case has stayed in the forefront of gay media for a long time, while the murders of other LGBT people are seemingly forgotten about within weeks.

    I can't get moralistic about porn but my experience is that most of the people involved have "issues," to say the least, and you can't be surprised by anything they do.

    Posted by: Anthony in Nashville | Mar 11, 2009 3:31:37 PM


  4. I wonder where the taping device was on a nude beach. rotflmao

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 11, 2009 3:59:54 PM


  5. Didn't he find it a little, I dunno, unusual when he asked him to yell everything at his ass?

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 11, 2009 4:01:23 PM


  6. It was in a fake car key fob. Clever, really, as those things are electronic devices anyways.

    Posted by: hotsauce | Mar 11, 2009 4:05:48 PM


  7. Like I really cared...jesus christ. NO sense of humor.

    Posted by: TANK | Mar 11, 2009 4:18:15 PM


  8. Well, you never know...someone else might have been interested, so I thought I'd mention it.

    Posted by: hotsauce | Mar 11, 2009 5:13:03 PM


  9. Judge Peter Olszewski, the judge over Harlow Cuadra's trial, learned last week that he had been under a Federal Probe since 2006 along with Corrupt Judges Michael Conahan and Mark Ciavarella (Conahan and Civarella had already plead guilty to federal criminal charges).

    The Luzerne County District Attorneys (past and present) are also likely to face CIVIL and/or Criminal RICOs for their part in Judges Conahan's and Ciavaella's scheme of sending juveniles to a private detention facility for kickbacks from the owner of the detention facility

    Posted by: Peter Everhard | Mar 11, 2009 8:51:29 PM


  10. @ HOTSAUCE,

    Thanks! I was wondering myself where you'd stash a bug on a naked guy and could only come up with one place....previously mentioned.

    Posted by: Wheezy | Mar 11, 2009 8:52:54 PM


  11. I for one beleive Harlow. He was totally used by ex marine and religious youth group leader Joseph Kerekes. If you have followed all the blogs the last 2 years you would know Joe is the one that said to Grant Roy that he knew someone that would do anything for Harlow (meaning himself). One of the boys that lived with them said Joseph fired a loaded gun in the house while having a spat with Harlow. He had total control over Harlow. You may notice he looks a lot like Lee Harvey Oswald. Both nut cases.

    Posted by: James | Mar 12, 2009 1:15:27 AM


  12. James and Hotsauce, you two are waaaay too involved in the drama of these trashy fucking porn stars. Get a life already.

    Posted by: shane | Mar 12, 2009 8:43:35 AM


  13. Kudos to Lockhart & Roy?? I don't think so. You can't imagine they had nothing to do with this murder, they were simply covering their asses. They had at least TWICE as strong a motive for getting rid of Kocis...and since that murder Grant Roy has threatened the life of no less than 3 other people.

    Posted by: Jacob Klau | Mar 13, 2009 12:18:12 AM


  14. i don't believe harlow did it , we the people was not there so it should be a mistrial

    Posted by: dwight | May 26, 2010 1:12:19 PM


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