BETHLEHEM Grand Jury testimony and the investigation into the murder of 52-year-old Peter Porco and the attack on his 54-year-old wife, Joan Porco, continued last Friday and yesterday, with representatives of the District Attorney's office saying any indication of a resulting indictment are speculation.
Joan Porco's condition has been steadily improving since her admission to an Intensive Care Unit after the discovery was made by police on Nov. 15. She is currently in Sunnyview Rehabilitation Center in Niskayuna.
Close to 20 witnesses of varying backgrounds and ties to the case have testified to the grand jury for four full-day sessions at the Albany County Courthouse, though Assistant District Attorney Dave Rossi couldn't divulge specifics.
DA representatives have spoken to Joan Porco.
We have interviewed Joan Porco, Rossi said. "I wouldn't quantify that statement by saying we interviewed her at length. I wouldn't characterize it like that."
Rossi said Joan Porco's testimony "could be important" to this grand jury investigation.
Joan Porco is getting visitors while she stays at Sunnyview, according to Terence Kindlon, a defense attorney hired by the Porco's extended family to represent the couple's younger son, 21-year-old Chris Porco, when the family felt police were too focused on him through the investigation.
"I understand Mrs. Porco is undergoing a miraculous recovery. She is doing quite well, relatively speaking. There has even been some talk of her being released," Kindlon said last week.
John Balzano, Joan Porco's brother who drove Chris Porco back to Delmar on the day of the discovery, are considering bringing her to their home in suburban Rochester when she is released. Joan Porco is awaiting more surgery at Albany Medical Center, according to Kindlon.
"John Balzano is a saint. He's been with his sister every day since (the day of the discovery of Peter Porco's body), for five weeks," Kindlon said.