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

Photos from the 2006 Christopher Porco murder Trial. The trial was moved from Albany County to the Orange County town of Goshen.

Photos from the 2006 Christopher Porco murder Trial. The trial was moved from Albany County to the Orange County town of Goshen. Phil Kamrass/ Pool Photo

— "So I loaned him spending money for the trip."

Defense Attorneys Terence Kindlon and Laurie Shanks strongly objected to the prosecution's line of questioning about statements Joan Porco made to friends and relatives the week of the crime.

"Do you recall telling your brother that Christopher was so out of control that you had given him up to God?" asked McDermott.

"No, I don't recall," said Porco.

"Do you remember on a conference trip to Boston, telling Mrs. (Mary Ann) Effner you needed to get a psychologist for Chris?" McDermott asked.

"No, I did not," Joan Porco answered.

Defense attorneys tried to get the statement stricken from the record later in the day, but Judge Jeffrey Berry allowed it to remain. Shanks and Kindlon finished their cross-examination of Joan Porco by asking if her husband had ever received death threats as a law clerk.

"The father of one child threatened Peter's life when he lost custody of his children," said Joan Porco. She told jurors that her husband thought about buying a handgun, but was talked out of it by his boss, Third Appellate District Judge Anthony Cardona. McDermott reminded Joan Porco that the death threat was 15 years ago. Joan Porco herself testified that the man who made the threats served time on another matter.

Kindlon said after, that Joan Porco is a strong, courageous "woman who has risen from the ashes."

The prosecution's case in the murder trial of Christopher Porco is expected to conclude Wednesday, Aug. 2 with former Brockley Drive resident Marshall Gokey taking the stand. Gokey is expected to testify that in the early morning hours of Nov. 15, 2004, he spotted a yellow Jeep Wrangler belonging to Christopher Porco in the driveway outside the home close to the time Peter and Joan Porco were attacked.

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