Sunday, November 25, 2007

Recordings Don't Lie... But Sometimes People Do

Harlow Cuadra and Sean Lockhart

Since the taped beach recordings of a 2 day conversation involving Harlow Cuadra, Joseph Kerekes, Grant Roy, and Sean Lockhart will be used as evidence in trial, I decided to review once again what was mentioned in the affidavit. It's pretty damning to say the least, and I'm including the entire text for those that haven't had access to the criminal affidavit:

On 04/27/07, an electronic intercept and surveillance was conducted by a task force consisting of members of the San Diego Police Department Homicide Unit, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Naval Criminal Investigation Service, San Diego County District Attorney's Office, Pennsylvania State Police, and the Luzerne County District Attorney's Office. The location of said intercept was within the area of La Jolla, San Diego, California. The subject of said intercept was conversations between Grant Roy, Sean Lockhart, Harlow Cuadra, and Joseph Kerekes concerning the homicide of victim Kocis. During said conversations, it was observed that Roy and Lockhart made statements regarding how their lives have been damaged by the murder of the victim, specifically regarding the business setbacks they have suffered. As a response, both Cuadra and Kerekes made apologetic statements for their hardship. The foursome additionally spoke of doing business, specifically the creation of pornographic film showing Cuadra and Lockhart. At one point in the conversation, Roy asked Cuadra/Kerekes if the victim "felt any pain". Both Cuadra and Kerekes became silent, at which time Cuadra leaned towards Lockhart, who was walking next to him and stated silently; "don't worry, he went quick". Cuadra and Kerekes then addressed Roy and Lockhart stating that if the foursome went to the nude beach the next day, Cuadra and Kerekes would answer any questions asked of them.

Harlow and Sean

On 04/28/07, another electronic intercept and surveillance was conducted by task force members from aforementioned agencies with the exception of the San Diego County District Attorney's Office. The location of said intercept was within the area of Torry Pines Gliderport and beach area, aka Black's Beach, San Diego, Ca. The subject of said intercept was conversations between Grant Roy, Sean Lockhart, Harlow Cuadra, and Joseph Kerekes. During said conversations, Cuadra stated that he was present when the victim was murdered. Cuadra spoke of conversations the victim had with various individuals while Cuadra was present. Both Cuadra and Kerekes referenced the victim's records which were kept within his residence as being "gone". Both Cuadra and Kerekes stated that they viewed approx fifty five "master tapes" which were removed from the victim's residence, as well as business records. Cuadra and Kerekes subsequently destroyed said items, as they would be considered "proof". Cuadra then stated that illustrated items remained in his residence for approx two days. Cuadra added that he was going to afford a tape to Roy and Lockhart as a gift, but it was "too hot". Cuadra also referenced the victim's Rolex watch, and described the initials engraved on the back. Both Cuadra and Kerekes also referenced two computer towers and a laptop computer which were removed from the victim's residence, all of which was destroyed. Cuadra also illustrated how he and another "did some recon work", and described that the victim's front door didn't have a "peephole" in it, and further described it as "two square blocks of windows on top and Bryan's not tall enough to see through that". Cuadra continued; "it was quick; he never saw it coming". Cuadra also stated that while he was at the victim's residence, he heard the victim calling Lockhart a "little bitch" and the "product". Cuadra stated to Lockhart; "don't feel too bad". Kerekes added that the victim had a contract prepared for Cuadra at the time of Cuadra's arrival. Both Cuadra and Kerekes intimated that the victim was aware of Cuadra's real identity, and continued with the meeting nevertheless. Cuadra also stated that during his initial meeting with the victim, they were drinking wine, to which Kerekes stated that he believed that Cuadra "slipped (the victim) something" in his drink. At some point, the doorbell rang and the victim "was kind of stumbling, and uh, that was it". Cuadra and Kerekes both illustrated the interior of the victim's residence, specifically the victim's high-end, expensive home entertainment center. Cuadra and Kerekes also stated that the victim desired for Cuadra to "move in", and illustrated an upstairs bedroom as was found to be at the victim's residence. Cuadra then stated that he believed that the victim recogized him from the Internet, to which Cuadra became concerned. At that point, the victim picked up the phone and Cuadra's "dude" "came around", and "it was crazy". Cuadra then referenced insulting comments made by the victim towards Lockhart and Roy, the stated "... and it's what kind of made the whole decision kind of easy. Almost a little too easy... and I should of thought where all those fingers would have pointed, I remember lookin at the press... I'm just glad that shit's over". Cuadra later went on to say that "the cops put it (investigation) on the back burner". Cuadra additionally made the statement; "... actually seeing the fucker going down actually it's sick but it made me feel better inside. It almost felt like I got revenge and I know that sounds fucked up..." Cuadra and Kerekes then again illustrated a modeling contract which the victim had prepared for Cuadra to sign. Kerekes then interjected; "Harlow had all the little documents he (victim) told him to bring and he didn't even ask for them". Cuadra responded; "Oh no he didn't ask for my ID". Cuadra and Kerekes then stated that the victim expected that he and Cuadra were going to "have sex all night" without the victim paying Cuadra any money for same. It should be noted that conversation about other topics not related to the victim's death occured regularly intermixed with discussions concerning the planning, execution, and subsequent destruction of evidence related to the investigation.