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Actor’s underage comment briefly halts murder trial

WILKES-BARRE – Adult film star Sean Lockhart testified under oath on Friday that he was 17 years old when he appeared in two pornographic movies produced by Bryan Kocis in 2004.

Lockhart further said he provided Kocis with a false identification card that showed an older age.

Lockhart made the revelations during Harlow Cuadra’s capital murder trial before Luzerne County Judge Peter Paul Olszewski Jr. on Friday.

Cuadra, 27, is charged with killing Kocis, 44, at Kocis’ Dallas Township home in January 2007.

Lockhart was answering questions from Assistant District Attorney Michael Melnick when Olszewski halted proceedings and excused the jury from the courtroom.

The judge then spoke to Lockhart, advising him that he may have “incriminated himself criminally” by admitting under oath he provided false identification and performed in adult films as a minor.

“Under those circumstances, you may want to consult with an attorney,” Olszewski said to Lockhart. “If you would like to consult with an attorney, you have that right.”

Melnick advised Olszewski that Lockhart had obtained an attorney when he spoke with Pennsylvania investigators, and had an attorney with him when he was deposed in a federal civil lawsuit.

Lockhart declined to speak with an attorney, and Olszewski resumed the trial after the jury was brought back into the courtroom.

“I am comfortable about telling the truth about what happened,” Lockhart said.

One of the four alternate jurors was excused due to an illness on Friday, Olszewski announced.

Olszewski said the court received a call from the wife of alternate juror No. 3, a male, last night. The woman claimed her husband was a diabetic and experienced severe nausea and vomiting after taking insulin after Thursday’s court proceedings.

Olszewski said he spoke with the alternate juror Friday morning, and it appeared to him that the juror was ill.

Assistant district attorneys Michael Melnick, Shannon Crake and Allyson Kacmarski, and Cuadra’s lawyers, Joseph D’Andrea and Paul Walker, decided to continue with the trial with three alternates, Olszewski said.

The remaining three alternates will be excused from jury service when the 12-member panel of eight men and four females begin deliberations.

State police Trooper Michael Boone, a member of the forensic services unit, concluded his testimony Friday morning. Boone began testifying on Thursday.

Boone showed the jury the smoke alarms that were detached from the walls and ceilings in Kocis’ burned out home.

Cuadra’s lawyers attacked Boone for failing to check for fingerprints inside the home, including the handles on the toilette, refrigerator and door knob.

Boone explained that he was unable to retrieve fingerprints inside the home due to the extreme heat from the fire and the water used by firefighters to extinguish the fire.

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