Murder investigation reaches grand jury

— As the investigation into the murder of Peter Porco and the attack of his wife, Joan, reached a grand jury last week, Joan Porco's condition began, and continued, to slowly improve, according to police.

The district attorney's office said Monday charges are not necessarily expected to result from the grand jury.

While the law prohibits authorities from talking specifics about the grand jury, Bethlehem Police Chief Lou Corsi said he expects new evidence to be presented each of the next two Fridays.

Several subpoenas were issued for the grand jury and witnesses, said Albany County Assistant District Attorney Dave Rossi, though he declined to say much more.

"What goes on in there is a secret. It would actually be a crime for me to say," Rossi said. "It's for the investigation into the death of Peter Porco. We're just presenting some of the things we've discovered."

A court officer from the New York State Appellate Court, where Peter Porco served as Judge Anthony Cardona's law clerk, showed up at the Porco's 36 Brockley Drive residence on the morning of Nov. 15 when Peter Porco failed to report for work. Joan Porco was found upstairs from her deceased husband, with trauma to the head and body, police have said. Joan Porco was alert before she was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

She has remained at an Albany hospital, where there is a police presence, in a sedated state ever since, with her two sons, Chris and Johnathan and other family members keeping vigil.

"Her condition is slowly improving, slowly," Lt. Thomas Heffernan, Jr. said. "She's still in an Intensive Care Unit, though they've never changed her condition. She is conscious."

Whether Joan Porco is aware of the death of her husband, whom she met in college, is unclear.

"The family would do that," Heffernan said. "It wouldn't be appropriate for me to comment on that."

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