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Wednesday, August 30

No need to run

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BH-BL OKs levy

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Friday, August 25

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A murder trial's silent witness: the unmistakable yellow Jeep

A yellow Jeep Wrangler owned by Christopher Porco was spotted by neighbors racing through the Brockley Drive neighborhood months before a brutal ax attack left Peter Porco dead and his wife, Joan, severely injured. The same yellow Jeep was observed by toll collectors before and after the crime, and a neighbor said he saw it in the family driveway the morning of the Nov. 15, 2004, attacks.

Thursday, August 24

Wednesday, August 16

Drama in the workplace

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Play ball!

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Porco settles in to Albany County Jail

Christopher Porco's first weekend as an inmate in the Albany County Jail was very subdued, almost serene.

Police, DA's office feel exonerated

Exoneration for both the Bethlehem police department and the Albany County District Attorney's office came when a guilty plea was handed down by jurors in Orange County Supreme Court against Christopher Porco.

Friday, August 11

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Jury delivers quick verdict; Porco mom absent

It took an Orange County jury less than six hours to find Christopher Porco guilty of the murder of his father, Peter Porco and the attempted murder of his mother, Joan Porco.

Supervisor: Porco verdict day 'sad'

Bethlehem Supervisor Theresa Egan said that Thursday, Aug. 10 was a very sad day. At around 5 p.m. on that day, Bethlehem resident Christopher Porco was found guilty of murdering his father, Peter Porco, and attempting to murder his mother, Joan Porco.

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Guilty on both counts

Christopher Porco has been found guilty of murdering his father, Peter Porco, and attempting to murder his mother, Joan Porco.

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Updated: Prosecution concludes its case

Michael McDermott, chief prosecutor in the Christopher Porco murder trial on behalf of Albany County District Attorney's office, said either Christopher Porco is guilty of murder or Christopher Porco is the unluckiest man on the face of the planet.

Thursday, August 10

Prosecution wraps up case

Michael McDermott, chief prosecutor in the Christopher Porco murder trial on behalf of Albany County District Attorney's office, said either Christopher Porco is guilty of murder or Christopher Porco is the unluckiest man on the face of the planet.

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Defense: not enough to convict

Lack of evidence, ignored leads and reasonable doubt were key themes for the jury to consider from the defense team of Terence Kindlon and Laurie Shanks, as they put the finishing touches on their case in the murder trial of Christopher Porco.

Guilty

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Wednesday, August 9

The Saratoga Shuffle

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Burned out

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Mertz tackles Tonko

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Porco guardian, employer final witness in Porco trial

Elaine LaForte, D.V.M., close friend and employer of Christopher Porco, was the last witness to testify for the defense in his murder trial scheduled to conclude on Wednesday, Aug. 9.

Joan Porco attorney, family friend testifies

John Polster, attorney and family friend of the Porcos, decided on the night of Nov. 15, 2004, less than 24 hours after the murder of Peter Porco that he would be Joan Porco's attorney.

Tuesday, August 8

Employer testifies; Dr. John Kearney said Porco considered being a lawyer

ohn Kearney, D.V.M., one of two owners of Bethlehem Veterinary Hospital in Glenmont testified that Christopher Porco is a hardworking, compassionate employee, who has also been trained in the proper sanitary techniques of a working hospital environment, including how to disinfect and clean surgical areas following operations.

Friday, August 4

Defense expert offers different DNA scenario

An expert witness who admits never conducting any mitochondrial DNA tests was called by the defense in the Christopher Porco murder trial to refute the prosecution's DNA expert regarding a toll ticket allegedly linking the defendant to the vicious attacks against his mother and father.

Thursday, August 3

Defense calls first witnes; Porco's godmother takes stand

Margaret Fennell, godmother of the defendant Christopher Porco, was the first witness for the defense on Wednesday, Aug. 2. Christopher Porco is on trial for the murder of his father, Peter Porco, and attempted murder of his mother, Joan Porco.

Former neighbor who saw Jeep testifies; prosecution rests

After six weeks, 70 witnesses, and over 440 items of evidence, Marshall Gokey, the prosecution's last witness, testified that he saw a yellow Jeep matching the description of Christopher Porco's outside 36 Brockley Drive in Delmar when the crimes against Peter and Joan Porco occurred.

Wednesday, August 2

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Joan Porco testifies for a 2nd day; Prosecution asks about Christopher's travels

On Tuesday, Aug. 1, jurors in the Christopher Porco murder trial heard Joan Porco for a second day. She testified that she was incredulous after hearing her son was the main suspect in the ax attack that killed her husband Peter and left her blind in one eye.

Joan Porco testifies for a second day; Prosecution asks about Christopher's travels

On Tuesday, Aug. 1, jurors in the Christopher Porco murder trial heard Joan Porco for a second day. She testified that she was incredulous after hearing her son was the main suspect in the ax attack that killed her husband Peter and left her blind in one eye.

Missed Piggy

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Heat loss

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Homemade heroes

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Tuesday, August 1

Joan Porco testifies; Police reports that she identified son as the assailant made her 'livid'

Nearly two years after Joan Porco was critically injured in her Delmar home, the mother of defendant Christopher Porco took the stand in the most anticipated moment yet in his murder trial.

Swabs yield only parents' DNA; Uncle also heard couch testimony

After five weeks of testimony in the Christopher Porco murder trial, the whereabouts of the defendant in the early morning hours of Nov. 15 still remain in doubt.