BETHLEHEM Orange County Judge Jeffrey Berry is expected to release his ruling this week regarding what evidence presented in the pre-trial hearing on the Christopher Porco murder trial will be allowed during the trial. Porco is accused of killing his father Peter Porco and severely wounding his mother Joan Porco inside their former Brockley Street, Delmar, home on Nov. 15, 2004.
Prosecutors believe Christopher Porco was not at the University of Rochester the night of the crime as he told authorities from the Bethlehem police department who questioned him the night following the murder.
Evidence submitted by Albany County prosecutors in the case against Christopher Porco includes a six-and-a-half hour videotape of Bethlehem detectives interrogating Porco inside the squad room of the station house on Delaware Avenue the next night following the crime. Portions of the videotape revealed in pre-trial hearings show Porco being asked by police to take a lie detector test to prove his innocence, but Porco refused.
Prosecutors are setting up a case to show that Christopher Porco was having serious family problems and financial issues prior to the time the crime was committed. Prosecutors believe Porco may have faked a burglary at his family's home the night of the attacks. Items previously stolen from the Porco family home were sold online and traced back to Christopher Porco, according to authorities. Prosecutors also believe Christopher's mother, Joan Porco, tried to tell police who her assailant was the morning after the attacks. As paramedics worked to keep her alive, police asked if Christopher Porco committed the crime. Four different people present in the Porco bedroom that night all testified that Joan Porco nodded yes when asked if Christopher Porco committed the crime. Joan Porco could not speak because her wounds were so severe and she now has no recollection of that night whatsoever.