Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Harlow Cuadra's Trial... Day 6

6:34 PM: A court watcher tells me that Grant Roy was cross-examined and is now done testifying. But no one else took the stand today.

5:30 PM: Sources tell me that the prosecution could present closing arguments as soon as Monday... though based on the delays thus far, I'd say it's closer to next Wednesday... we'll see.

3:09 PM: The Times Leader reports adult film producer Grant Roy said he believes his profession of producing gay pornographic movies is "an art."

Roy made the commnets while being questioned by Harlow Cuadra's attorney, Joseph D'Andrea.

D'Andrea is attacking Roy about his profession, suggesting Roy makes money by selling sex involving young men.

Roy was called to testify by prosecutors in the capital murder trial of Cuadra, charged in the killing of adult film producer Bryan Kocis, who operated Cobra Video.

Investigators alleged Cuadra and his partner, Joseph Kerekes, wanted to work with Cobra Video contract model Sean Lockhart, who is Roy's business partner in LSG Media.

After Kocis was killed in January 2007, Roy and Lockhart invited Cuadra and Kerekes in April 2007 to San Diego, Calif.

There, investigators secretly recorded two conversations with the four men where Cuadra and Kerekes allegedly made admissions to Kocis' murder.

Prosecutors played to the jury the two recorded conversations on Monday and Tuesday.

D'Andrea said Roy "hated" Kocis and established a blog called Cobra Killer.

"That's pretty drastic, Cobra Video, isn't it?" D'Andrea asked rhetorically.

2:30 PM: "Very tiresome and boring" is how one court watcher has described today's events thus far.

11:19 AM: A court watcher tells me that as of a few minutes ago, they were on page 56 of the transcripts, so out of 108 pages, there's still a bit to go... also the sound is muffled, but all the jurors have headphones and transcripts so it's easy for them to follow.

11:14 AM: The Citizens' Voice is reporting that Jurors started listening to the second of two recorded conversations this morning In the sixth day of testimony in the capital murder trial of Harlow Cuadra. The more than three-hour-long recording takes place at Black's Beach in La Jolla, Calif., outside of San Diego.

Grant Roy, who started testifying Monday, is still on the stand as jurors listen to the recorded conversation in headphones. Roy, who was a business partner of well-known gay pornography actor Sean Lockhart, urged Cuadra and his business partner Joseph Kerekes to come to San Diego. Cuadra, 27, and Kerekes, 35, owned a male escort and gay pornography business in Virginia Beach, Va., and were hoping to film with Lockhart, Roy testified. Roy, who was cooperating with police, carried a recording a device as the four men spoke at the beach.

On the recording, the four men were discussing Bryan Kocis' death when Cuadra starts describing details. He says:

"His (expletive) phone ran, he goes ya know what, you remind me of something, of someone and he smiled and I was like ahhh, I don't know, I put my head down...then he smiled at me like ya know, I know who you (expletive) are...He answers the phone and then right then ya know my dude comes around."

9:11 AM: The Times Leader reports that the Luzerne County jury in the Harlow Cuadra capital murder case is hearing a recording of a conversation involving Cuadra and three other men at a nude beach near San Diego, Calif.

Investigators recorded the conversation through a device installed in a remote car opener carried by Grant Roy, an adult film producer.

Cuadra and his partner, Joseph Kerekes, met with Roy and his business partner, Sean Lockhart, in San Diego on April 27 and April 28, 2007, to discuss the business of filming adult movies.

At the time, Cuadra and Kerekes were suspects in the murder of gay pornographic movie producer Bryan Kocis, 44, at Kocis' Dallas Township home on Jan. 24, 2007.

Prosecutors alleged Cuadra and Kerekes, both from Virginia Beach, Va., killed Kocis, whom they considered their main rival in the adult movie production industry. They wanted to film movies with Lockhart, who was a contract model for Kocis' company, Cobra Video.

Roy and Lockhart, through their testimony, said the cooperated with law enforcement in the investigation.

Roy wore a body wire when the four men had lunch at the Crabcatchers Cafe near San Diego on April 27. That recording was played to the jury on Monday.

According to a homicide investigation action report filed in court, there were law enforcement personnel "strategically placed inside" the cafe and at the cafe's exits.

Prosecutors are playing to the jury the recording when the four men visited Black's Beach, a nude beach, where investigators alleged Cuadra and Kerekes made several "admissions" to Kocis' killing. The jury was also given a 108-page transcript to read along with the nude beach recording.

8:22 AM: Harlow Cuadra's sixth day of trial is scheduled to begin shortly. Grant Roy is going to take the witness stand again today, and prosecutors are expected to play recorded conversations he and Sean Lockhart had with Cuadra and Joseph Kerekes in San Diego, Calif., on April 28, 2007 at Black's Beach. Stay tuned for further updates throughout the day.