Public Defender Pulled For Conflict of Interest

Gay Porn Slay Trial On Hold Indefinitely

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The twists and turns keep coming in the Bryan Kocis murder trial. Harlow Cuadra and Joseph Kerekes stand accused of the January, 2007 murder of porn producing Kocis, but Judge Peter Paul Olszewski Jr. put the trial on hold indefinitely after finding a possible conflict of interest with Cuadra’s lawyer:

Olszewski Jr. on Thursday granted a prosecution motion to remove Cuadra’s attorney. The prosecutor argued that Cuadra’s lawyer could have a conflict of interest because two other public defenders might be called as witnesses against him.

Olszewski appointed to two other pro-bono lawyers from a private practice to represent Cuadra.

To give the new attorneys time to prepare their case Olszewski indefinitely postponed the trial, which was to have begun in March. Both Cuadra and Kerekes face the death penalty, but Kerekes’ lawyers are hoping they can kill that possibility.