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
continued "This is someone who, in the words of John Kearney, D.V.M. (Christopher Porco's employer at the Bethlehem Veterinary Hospital) is used to dealing with bloody messes," said McDermott.
McDermott reminded jurors that the Porcos installed a security alarm after their home was burglarized in 2002, and that burglar was later found to be none other than the defendant. Only four family members had access to the code to disarm the security alarm at 36 Brockley Drive in Delmar and those four people were Peter and Joan Porco, Johnathan Porco, who can be accounted for at the time of the crime, and Christopher.
"It was like dropping a wallet at the crime scene," said McDermott, adding that the defendant didn't know the alarm had a computer hard drive in the basement that stores all entries when the code is disarmed.
Prosecutors then believe Porco used the key in the flowerpot outside the front door to gain access inside.
"Sarah Fischer testified he used the spare key all the time to get into the house," said McDermott.
A garage screen was cut with a sharp instrument the same way it was cut when Porco burglarized the home in 2002.
"This is also, ladies and gentlemen, the only window not set to the security alarm on the first floor," said McDermott. "Now who would know that?"
McDermott said Porco broke into the home in 2002 and stole items because he needed pocket money.
"In November 2004, he needed a lot more," McDermott said.
Because Porco lied about his academics and lied about how he obtained his vehicle, prosecutors believe the forged loans and maxed-out credit cards had begun to take over Porco's life.
"The killer staged a break-in, and finally, ladies and gentlemen, nothing was taken," said McDermott.
The theory is that Porco filled his gas tank after he returned from Slingerlands to see his girlfriend at a gas station close to the Rochester University campus. The tank was filled late Saturday night and witnesses testify Porco was at the university all day Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004, but the gas tank when found by police on Monday after the crime has a mere 4.8 gallons of gas left.