Jurors at the capital murder trial of gay porn star Harlow Cuadra have heard from several former escort clients and the gay porn star investigators allege Cuadra killed for, reports MSNBC.

During two weeks of testimony in a Luzerne County, Pennsylvania courthouse the lurid details of dueling porn empires, a “million” dollar twink-boy film, and the eventual murder of a porn king began to unravel.

Cuadra, a former Navy enlisted man, is accused of the January 2007 murder of porn producer Bryan Kocis, 44, a man who had turned a bankrupt life around by peddling twink boys in bareback videos online.

Kocis' body was found by firemen responding to a fire at the porn king's Dallas Township house on the night of January 24, a Wednesday, his neck slashed to the point of near decapitation and his torso stabbed 28 times.

Investigators allege Cuadra, 27, and his lover, Joseph Kerekes, 35, who were involved in gay online pornography and escorting themselves, are responsible for the murder. The two plotted to kill the porn producer in an effort to cut free Kocis' biggest star, Sean Lockhart, from his contractual obligations, they contend.

Last December, Kerekes pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is now serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole after admitting he knew of and helped facilitate the murder.

During the trial's second week, jurors heard from Lockhart, the adult video star Kocis had mentored into a porn sensation and whom Cuadra and Kerekes coveted.

Lockhart, 22, spent hours on the witness stand telling jurors that Cuadra desperately wanted to appear in adult movies with him.

Kocis had built his Cobra Video gay porn business off the backs of barely legal young boys; his most lucrative star was Lockhart, who starred in several videos under the name Brent Corrigan. The two met on the Internet when Lockhart was living in San Diego and desperate for cash. But after being turned into a porn star – and Kocis' part-time lover – Lockhart wanted out, and new boyfriend, Grant Roy, wanted in as manager.

But a Kocis claim of ownership to the copyright name of Brent Corrigan turned into a bitter court battle.

Defense lawyers for Cuadra advanced the theory that Lockhart and Roy were responsible for the death of Kocis over that disagreement.

“Our defense is simple, Harlow didn't do it,” defense lawyer Joseph D'Andrea told the jury in his opening statement. “You'll hear that Grant Roy and Sean Lockhart hated Bryan Kocis; they even wanted him dead. They (Kerekes and Cuadra) had a male escort business, a male prostitution business. It was money that motivated Joseph Kerekes; he prostituted his lover Harlow to make money.”

But it was Lockhart and Roy, the jury later heard, that aided police in their investigation.

A conversation that took place over dinner at Crabcatcher's Restaurant near San Diego, California on April 27 between the four men was recorded by a device planted by police on Roy.

While Lockhart and Roy have testified Cuadra has as much as admitted to killing Kocis, that evidence was not on the recording. An inconsistency defense lawyers pounced on.

“Show me one spot in that transcript where it says my client killed Bryan Kocis. I'll sit here for a week if that's what it takes,” D'Andrea said while cross-examining Roy.

“I didn't say that,” Roy responded. “I said in the context of the conversation he said he was there.”

Two former escort clients of Cuadra testified he asked them to lie about his whereabouts on the night Kocis was murdered.

Howard Mitch Halford, an Atlanta computer consultant, initially told police investigators that he was with Cuadra the night Kocis died, but later recanted. On the witness stand, Halford, who says he is in love with Cuadra and donated $70,000 for his defense, said Cuadra had asked him to lie.

Prosecutors also showed the jury a letter dated June 13 titled “For your eyes only” which they say was written to Nep Maliki, another escort client, by Cuadra where he advised Maliki to tell police investigators that the pair were together in Virginia on the night in question.

Lockhart and Roy, however, remain at the center of this murder mystery. Cuadra's defense appears to hinge on making the argument that Lockhart and Roy were responsible for the murder.

D'Andrea characterized the relationship Lockhart and Roy had with Kocis as “hostile.”

According to statements Roy made to gay monthly Out, Cuadra, Kerekes, Lockhart and Roy had agreed to produce a film starring Lockhart and Cuadra, which they believed would be worth $1 million. Kocis, who had yet to contractually release his former sex star, stood in the way of their million dollar plan.

Theoretically, all four men had a million dollar motive, and, in fact, Lockhart and Roy were considered suspects early in the investigation. But alleged evidence submitted by investigators – from car rental records to hotel receipts – places Cuandra and Kerekes near the scene of the crime, hundreds of miles away from the Virginia Beach, Virginia home they shared. And the pair purchased a knife, a .38-caliber handgun and ammunition at a Virginia Beach pawn shop just days before the murder, an employee testified.

Harlow Cuadra could face the death penalty if found guilty of the murder of Bryan Kocis.

The trial continues.