Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Knives [Redux]

In a recent post... I transcribed a document titled "Commonwealth's Proposed Findings of Fact", where the prosecution wants the judge to allow evidence found in Harlow Cuadra and Joseph Kerekes's BMW M5 to be admissible during the trial... most notably... the Sig Sauer knife that was in the glove compartment on the day of their arrest.

Blog reader pizzaman brings up an interesting comment:

"This seems much ado about nothing. The prosecution doesn't need anything found in the BMW to successfully prosecute the murder charge and nothing that was found has any importance that I can see."

At first I was in agreement, especially with the statement by Cpl. Leo Hannon in a document titled: "The Material Facts Constituting Probable Cause that the Search Should be Made", that "Additionally, a folding-style knife was found to be open and in the area of the origin of said arson fire.". Afterall, that's got to be the murder weapon, especially since Harlow and Joe purchased another knife at the Wilkes-Barre Wal-Mart on the day of the murder:

The Sig Sauer knife purchased in Virginia Beach was probably nothing more than a decoy... or was it?

After reviewing a post I did on this subject back on October 31, 2008, and now seeing just how important it appears to be for the prosecution to have this 'second' knife admitted as evidence, I'm going to stick with my original hunch that "both were armed. One did the slash, the other did the stabs. It would seem a little odd that they would both share the same knife".

To me it makes even more sense now... knowing that Joe was under the illusion that if they paid cash at the Fox Ridge Inn, no one would know they were there, hence, no one would know they bought the second knife in Wilkes-Barre... so who cares if 'that one' is left behind... they still had the Sig Sauer, and that would 'prove' they weren't there. Furthermore, if only one person was expected to be around while Bryan was still alive, why the mention or care if there was a peep-hole in Kocis' front door... or that the "doorbell rang"... "my guy came around", etc...

I think both knives were used, and that's why the prosecution wants the Sig Sauer so badly.