On January 24, 2007, Bryan Kocis was found dead in his Dallas Township, Pennsylvania, home. Kocis was a director of gay pornographic films and founder of Cobra Video, a gay porn film studio. According to the Luzerne County coroner investigating the death, Kocis was stabbed 28 times and his throat was cut before his body was left in his house, which was set on fire after he died. A folding-style knife was found in the house near Kocis’ body. Officials used dental records to identify him, as his body was burned beyond recognition.
In May 2007 Harlow Cuadra and Joseph Kerekes, both adult film actors/producers, were arrested and charged with his murder. Police took the pair into custody after discovering evidence on Kocis’ computer hard drive, which survived the fire. Police theorized that the pair killed Kocis because they wanted to work with a particular actor, Sean Paul Lockhart, (stage name Brent Corrigan) who was under contract to him. Prosecutors believed that one of the suspects e-mailed Kocis, assuming the identity of an aspiring porn actor, and arranged to meet him on January 24, 2007. The e-mail’s sender asked to meet Kocis alone.
Cuadra and Kerekes appear on video surveillance buying a gun and a lock-blade folding knife at a local pawn shop. The knife is consistent with the one used to stab Kocis. Additionally, police have audio recordings of one of the suspects saying, “Actually seeing that fucker going down, it’s actually sick, but it made me feel better inside. It almost felt like I got revenge and I know that sounds fucked up.” In a search of the pair’s home, police also found video equipment they believe belonged to Kocis. The pair claimed they were innocent; both have been sentenced to life in prison without parole.