Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Suppression Hearing Day 2 - Midday Update

Update @ 9:48 PM: Today's hearing lasted for approx. 1.5 hours... there appears to be another attempt at claiming that there is a conflict of interest... the next hearing should be around 08/12/2008... more tomorrow.

Update @ 1:22 PM: Cuadra's attorneys have filed supplemental exhibits to item II of the Omnibus Pretrial motion for change of venure/venire.

Update @ 12:53 PM: It appears that Harlow Cuadra's attorneys have filed a notice of possible alibi defense. Joe's attorneys already did this months ago.

The Times Leader is reporting that a Luzerne County prosecutor alluded that Joseph Kerekes threatened to blame Grant Roy and Sean Lockhart in the January 2007 slaying of Bryan Kocis in Dallas Township.

Assistant District Attorney Shannon Crake made the reference during a pre-trial hearing for Kerekes, 34, and his partner, Harlow Cuadra, 26, before Judge Peter Paul Olszewski Jr. earlier today.

Kerekes and Cuadra, both from Virginia Beach, Va., are charged in killing Kocis, whom they believe was their main rival in the gay movie production industry, according to arrest and court records.

Prosecutors claim Kerekes and Cuadra wanted to film movies with Lockhart, who was a contract model for Kocis' company, Cobra Video.

Attorneys have had three pre-trial hearings in anticipation of the September trial.

During Wednesday's hearing, Crake was arguing in support of introducing certain alleged acts Kerekes and Cuadra committed before and after Kocis was killed. Crake said Kerekes told Roy, "If you don't film with us, we're going to tell police you hired us."

Roy is a producer of pornographic movies, and had settled a federal civil lawsuit Kocis had filed against him claiming the misuse of Lockhart's stage name, Brent Corrigan.

Prosecutors are also seeking to introduce Kerekes' and Cuadra's escort business practices, and their attempts to solicit clients in making up false alibis the night Kocis was killed.