Police, DA's office feel exonerated

— "They are not the FBI or Scotland Yard," said Kindlon during the trials opening arguments.

Members of the district attorney's office said the community has backed its efforts from the very beginning.

"I think the people back home have been so supportive," said Assistant District Attorney David Rossi. "They should be proud of the people who serve them in the Capital District."

When newly elected Albany County District Attorney David Soares took over for his boss Paul Clyne following the 2004 elections, the office was under a political microscope. At the same time, two murders had occurred in the town of Bethlehem, including the Porco crime that had residents feeling unsure the right decision was made in electing Soares.

"Mike McDermott and David Rossi deserve so much credit for the work and energy they put into this case," said Soares.

Prosecutors agree piecing together a credible timeline of Christopher Porco's whereabouts from 10 p.m. on Sunday, Nov.14, 2004, through 9 a.m. the day after the attacks was the key to a conviction.

"Making sure jurors could comprehend the timeline was, I think, our biggest feat in this case," said McDermott.

Corsi said when he got back to the office Friday morning, the day after the verdict, a stack of phone calls had already come in congratulating the department for its fine work.

"The calls stated you're vindicated and you guys are a great bunch of guys," said Corsi.

Soares said much of the credit for stringing together a tangible timeline in the Porco murder case goes to David Rossi.

"Rossi is a super sleuth and along with the state police and Bethlehem police, day by day they began to see the timeline come together," said Soares.

Bowdish said it was heart wrenching for quite some time when he was getting picked apart for his police work by the defense.

"But I believed in what I was doing," said Bowdish. "I felt I had to."

All of the members of the police and DA's office said they will remember the hard work of the late detectives Anthony Arduini and John Cox in the Porco investigation.

"They were both men of high integrity and they were looked up to," said Corsi.

Christopher Porco faces a maximum penalty of 50 years to life upon sentencing. Berry will rule on Porco's sentence in October.

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