2 years, 1 month and 3 days since Cobra Video Owner/Producer Bryan Kocis was brutally murdered and his house burned down Brent Corrigan his biggest star, and former lover, all while underage, took the stand today in a packed courtroom in Luzerne County for the trial of Harlow Cuadra.
The day long awaited by Corrigan Watchers and Kocis Haters had arrived when Sean Lockhart (Brent Corrigan) would take the stand after swearing to Tell the Truth and Nothing But the Truth!
So what have we heard in today's crucial testimony?
Brent Corrigan first began to receive comments on My Space from Harlow Cuadra in the fall of 2006, they first began two way communication in December 06 (I was an observer of that)
He described Harlows desire and offers of exorbitant compensation($50,000) to star in videos together as "desperate"
He acknowledged for the first time in open court,under oath and at legal jepoardy to himself that he was indeed underage (17) when he filmed 4 DVD's for Cobra Video. That he procured a fake ID with his then boyfriend Chris Henriquez in order to film at Cobra.
He accepted on the stand FULL PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY for those actions!
Which I might add Sean Lockhart has done repeatedly since August 2005!
And in four formal interviews with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Not once has Robert Wagner,Bryan Kocis or Chris Henriquez acknowledged any culpability in this crime. Indeed Robert Wagner and Bryan Kocis were guilty of Obstruction of Justice and Conspiracy for actively pleading with Sean to "keep quiet" and Mr.Kocis even threatened to kill Sean in December 2004!
The defense of course and as expected zeroed in on this and other "Kocisphere lore and facts"
asking point blank questions of Lockhart about the nature of his relationship with Kocis,Cuadra and Grant Roy.
But the main reason for Sean's testimony today was to explain and prepare for the presentation of the Blacks Beach and Crab Catcher Wire Intercepts of April 27th and 28th 2007.
Videos (filmed by Joe Kerekes, Harlows partner and Grant Roy) of that nude beach encounter between Brent and Harlow were played for the jury. Yes an Eastern Penn jury was treated to some Soft-core nudity.
A seven minute video of Harlow Cuadra and Sean Lockhart playing catch with a football and walking nude on a beach near San Diego, Calif., was played to the jury on Friday. While walking along the beach on April 27, 2007, Lockhart said Cuadra and Kerekes were "opening up" about the murder.
This made Lockhart upset, he testified, and he fell behind. "Cuadra dropped back, he touched my arm and he said, 'don't worry, it was quick, he went quick,'" Lockhart testified while nearly sobbing.
After 2 years Sean Lockhart was a much more important star witness in this case than some had led us to believe. He was on the stand most of the day,before lunch and well into the afternoon, so much for the ten minutes I was flippantly told he would be on then dismissed.
Sean's testimony today was important and crucial to make the case that Harlow Cuadra was infatuated with Brent Corrigan, that he thought Brent was the answer to his financial dreams,that Harlow "Believed" Bryan Kocis was a rival and needed to be eliminated.
And more important to establish that Harlow thought he was doing Brent a favor by eliminating Kocis. Almost the reasoning of a love sick child not a man.
Today's testimony caps the first week of the Harlow Cuadra trial and will immediately lead into the crucial bombshell Intercepts on Monday. Grant Roy is expected to testify and based on his powerful testimony in late July 2008 we can expect some fireworks!
A personal note.
I have been following Brent Corrigan for nearly 5 years, as fans we always knew he was an amazing performer, a smart and articulate person, a good writer.
As a friend I have witnessed his humor,his personal integrity and most important his loyalty to his friends and family. Despite what haters may say it is what you witness first hand that convinces you someone is a person you can trust and respect.
Confident, poised and sure of his words.
A jury in Luzerene County witnessed what I have watched for 3 years, a confident persuasive young man. A young man who risked his life cavorting and chatting up two killers on that nude beach, to extract the evidence needed to convict them for the murder of a man who had ultimately betrayed his trust and threatened his life.
Today Brent Corrigan Testified like a Rockstar!
Brent Corrigan may be a Porn Star but Sean Lockhart is ...
A man to be proud of.
A fellow Blogger Quickysrt is in Wilkes-Barre this week for the trial and has a lot more inside observations from the courtroom below.
ok, well it was quite a moment in the week, a week which wrapped up with star witness Sean taking the stand.
He arrived wearing a cherry red sweater, dark gray dress slacks, and crisp white collared shirt, he looked stunning. The pants were perfect fitting and his posture screamed confidence.
It became apparent he was going to answer the questions his way, and even request that some questions be restated. Several times, he stopped to consider the wording of a question and asked if it could be repeated. He actually took control of the pace of his entire testimony. While he looked all of 17 years old, he showed some skill at handling this kind of stress no 17 y/o would have.
The under age videos would be delved into in detail, what time frame his summers in PA, when he met Grant, and exactly what kind of relationship they had. Everything about Bryan's ideas for Sean's future with him, and the settlement which was going to be good for him financially and well as professionally both outside of Cobra, and with his own production company.
And of course the Vegas dinner and all email, myspace, AIM, and cell phone correspondence with Harlow were gone over.
I noticed that almost every seat has been taken while Sean is on the stand. Like word got out that this is the feature attraction or something.
On cross exam. Sean's posture changed, he was just slightly more slumped in seat with arms bracing him up rather than his back being perfectly straight.
But he still refused to let defense attorney put words into his mouth without adding his own reasoning to the record. Like 'you seem to be good at pretending to be into it" (after black's beach video was played in full) Sean answered that he knows when he "has" to do something, he does it, and he had to do this.
btw, the video from the nude beach was surreal, to be seeing this full frontal nude video in court, it was 7 min. long (7 minutes and 19 seconds to be exact)but felt like 45 min. Harlow did not look at the screen at all during it, nor did his Mother. Normally you hear coughs in court, or bits of whispering now and again. During the play of this video is was deadly quiet, not one sound in the room at all.
The point early on when asked about lying about his age for porn, he was stopped by the judge who asked him to consider a lawyer, consider not answering some questions without an attorney present, and offered him an attorney to be arranged.
There was a break while jury left the room to discuss this with Sean. Sean decided that it had been five years with no criminal complaint against him, and that he should not worry now about the past, and just carry on. Jury returned and carry on he indeed did.
It was pure balls, and I felt it gave his testimony even more edge. It also kept up the impression that Sean was running the show concerning his testimony. This court was not going to keep him from telling this story his own way.
It was damaging for the defense, and on cross examination the only thing they managed to prove is that Joe made some of the myspace add friend requests to Sean's page.
There were a few gasps, and laughs, like when the video title "Young Bucks In Heat" was mentioned. A few of us laughed and looked at each other.
Unreal day, and unreal end to the week.