Gay Atlanta man testifies in porn killing trial

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imageA gay Atlanta computer consultant landed in the middle of a salacious murder trial unfolding in a Pennsylvania courtroom that involves charges that a gay pron producer killed a competitor over a top performer.

Howard Mitch Halford testified last week in the capital murder trial of Harlow Cuadra (photo), a former porn producer and hustler who is charged in the January 2007 murder of Bryan Kocis. Cuadra is accused of killing Kocis in an attempt to lure gay porn star Brent Corrigan away from Cobra Video, which Kocis founded. Kocis was stabbed 28 times and his body was burned beyond recognition in January 2007.

Cuadra’s former business partner, Joseph Keredes, was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in December.

Halford testified last week that he loved Cuadra and gave him the keys to his home when Cuadra was suspected in Kocis’ death.

Halford was a long standing escort client of Cuadra.

Halford testified on the seventh day of Cuadra’s capital murder trial before Judge Peter Paul Olszewski Jr. that Cuadra solicited him to tell investigators that he was with Cuadra the night Kocis was killed on Jan. 24, 2007.

Halford initially told investigators that he was with Cuadra, but later recanted, saying he saw Cuadra once during a two-week span in late January.

Halford said he gave Cuadra $70,000 for his love for him. He also knew Cuadra’s business partner, Joseph Kerekes.

Halford described the relationship with Cuadra and Kerekes as “a little puppy.”

“Kerekes had such control over Harlow, how would I describe it, it was like a little puppy,” Halford said.

Cuadra testified this week that he didn’t murder Kocis. He could face the death penalty if found guilty.

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