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Arrests Made in Slaying of Cobra Video Owner
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May 15, 2007 5:01 PM PDT    Text size: 
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Virginia Beach police have arrested and charged two suspects with the Jan. 24 murder of gay porn producer Bryan Kocis. The suspects Harlow Cuadra, 25, and Joseph Kerekes, 33, identified by Pennsylvania State Police, are being accused of stabbing Kocis to death and then setting his house ablaze.

Cuadra, who modeled under the name Drake, was named as a person of interest in the murder investigation after coming to light when police discovered an email Kocis had sent to an associate detailing plans to meet with a new model — Drake — the night of his murder.

While Cuadra has admitted to police that he was in a photograph in the email Kocis sent the night of his death, he claims that he was in Virginia Beach the night of the slaying and not anywhere near Kocis’ suburban Pennsylvania home.

Kocis’ company catapulted in 2004 after he cast twink model Brent Corrigan in Cobra’s “Every Poolboy’s Dream.” The video put Kocis’ company on the gay porn map and Corrigan went on to become the most famous, and most lucrative, of Cobra’s pool of actors.

But Phillips had legal problems that set back his 6-year-old company and personal life.

He was sentenced in May 2002 to a year of probation for possessing videotape that showed him having sex with a 15-year-old boy. Kocis dodged more serious charges after the boy conceded he had misrepresented his age to him.

Kocis also had additional claims of using underage models in his videos. At least four titles were voluntarily removed from circulation by Cobra's distributor, Pacific Sun Entertainment, but still are being hawked on some Internet sites.

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