A Pennsylvania state appellate court has upheld the murder conviction and life sentence of now 29 year old, Harlow Cuadra.
Harlow Cuadra of Virginia Beach, Virgina, was seeking a new trial, alleging errors by the judge before and during his March 2009 trial in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
The Times-Leader of Wilkes-Barre reported that the Superior Court ruled Oct. 14 that the judge’s rulings were:
“well detailed and well-reasoned.”
Cuadra was convicted of first-degree murder and other offenses in the 2007 slaying of 44-year-old Bryan Kocis in his rural Dallas Township home. Investigators said Cuadra and his then 26-year-old boyfriend Joseph Kerekes killed Kocis and then set the house on fire. Kocis was the owner and producer of Cobra Video. Prosecution and police maintained the motive for the killing was centered around gay porn superstar Brent Corrigan. Cuadra and Kocis felt that by murdering Kocis, Corrigan would be able to make a video with them.
Kerekes pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in December 2008 and was sentenced to life in prison.
Information from: Times Leader