Grand Jury testimony continues

— The Porco's were discovered in their 36 Brockley Drive home on a Monday morning, about a month ago, when Peter Porco failed to show for work at the State Appellate Court, where he served as Judge Anthony Cardona's law clerk. A court officer discovered Joan Porco upstairs from her deceased husband, with trauma to her body and head. Joan Porco was alert before she was taken by ambulance to the hospital, according to police, though it is unclear what, if anything, she said.

Chris Porco and his 23-year-old brother, Johnathan Porco, who is in the Navy, were called persons of interest since the beginning of the investigation. Both were interviewed by police. Chris Porco's Jeep Wrangler was seized by police for processing after they traveled to Rochester the day of the discovery of Peter Porco's body.

Bethlehem Police have never publicly called Chris Porco a suspect in the attack on his parents.

Johnathan Porco, still on active duty with the Navy, has been given a temporary assignment with the ROTC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, though Kindlon said he will be heading back sometime to nuclear propulsion school in Charleston, S.C.

The Porcos are religious people, practicing Catholics, Kindlon said, expecting they will rely on their religion to get through the holidays. Peter Porco was a Eucharistic minister at St. Frances de Sales in Loudonville, where Joan Porco's cousin, Fr. David Noone, serves as minister. Before the attack, Joan Porco was also a daily communicant to St. Thomas Church in Delmar.

"It's hard to imagine a sadder human tragedy than this. Everyone is showing signs of terrible strength. I expect them to be depending upon their religion for a lot of their strength over the next couple of weeks," Kindlon said.

Noone said Joan Porco's Christmas plans are "up in the air right now. All depends on medical clearance.""

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