No death sentence for Harlow Cuadra, the man convicted last week of the brutal murder of Cobra Video producer Bryan Kocis in January 2007. Instead, he will serve a life sentence for the first degree murder conviction, after the 12 jurors failed to reach a unanimous vote after just five hours of deliberation.
The same jury that convicted Cuadra Thursday of first-degree homicide for Bryan Kocis’ January 2007 murder at his Dallas Township home deliberated for about five and a half hours before telling county Judge Peter Paul Olszewski Jr. they could not reach a unanimous verdict, despite being given more time.
The jury returned to the courtroom around 2:30 to tell Olszewski they agreed one of the factors wasn’t valid, but reached an impasse on the other.
Olszewski instructed jurors to try and reach a unanimous decision. The jury foreman didn’t specify which of the two aggravating factors they were undecided. [Citizens Voice]