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Saturday, July 29

Porco uncle, DNA expert testify

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.

Friday, July 28

Pathologist establishes time of Peter Porco's death

Shanks: Chris could not have done it

The defense in the Christopher Porco murder trial made an attempt to cast reasonable doubt into the minds of jurors based on a pathologist's testimony of Peter Porco's time of death.

Pathologist establishes time of Peter Porco's death

The defense in the Christopher Porco murder trial made an attempt to cast reasonable doubt into the minds of jurors based on a pathologist's testimony of Peter Porco's time of death.

Thursday, July 27

Detective testifies

Defense likens ax head to horse head

Everything from mobsters to mysterious strangers, and a local newspaper headline of a horse head found at the bottom of a pool overshadowed a full day of testimony from Christopher Bowdish, lead detective in the investigation of the murder of Peter Porco and attempted murder of his wife, Joan Porco

Wednesday, July 26

Prosecutors expect to call last witness Monday

As the murder trial of Christopher Porco enters its fifth week, a verdict may not be that far off the horizon.

EZ-Pass, forged transcripts focus of testimony

A forensic investigator for the New York State Police testified that Christopher Porco's EZ-Pass was found stuffed inside the center console of his Jeep Wrangler when police performed an exhaustive inventory of the vehicle to collect evidence just days after the crimes against his parents at 36 Brockley Drive.

Former friend: Christopher Porco knew parents had will

Daniel Kidera, a former high school friend of Christopher Porcos, testified the defendant told him he knew that his mother and father, Peter and Joan Porco, had a will.

A tale as old as time

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Tuesday, July 25

Johnathan testifies; Porco brothers don't make eye contact

Johnathan Porco once helped post bail for his brother Christopher after he was charged with murdering their father.

Friday, July 21

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Father and son e-mails show strained relations

A series of e-mails exchanged between a father and son over an 11-month period from January to November 2004 are at the heart of the prosecution's evidence in the murder trial of Christopher Porco.

Thursday, July 20

Judge continues to weigh evidence admission; roommate's IM shows loyalty

Information the jury is not allowed to see or hear is beginning to emerge as a major development in the murder trial of Christopher Porco.

Wednesday, July 19

Jurors see video of Porco's Jeep leaving campus

The jury in Christopher Porco's murder trial viewed a costly high-tech display from a forensic video expert utilizing 10 large-screen monitors inside the courtroom to identify the defendant's exact location in November 2004 as he drove through the streets of Rochester.

Tuesday, July 18

Timeline around murder includes text messaging, exit tolls

Christopher Porco is charged with murder and attempted murder of his mother and father Peter and Joan Porco inside their Brockley Drive home, sometime around the early morning hours of Nov. 15, 2004.

Porco defense team files a dozen motions

Attorneys for the defense in the murder trial of Christopher Porco have filed a total of 12 motions on behalf of their client, many involving information they believe prosecutors obtained from a six-and-a-half-hour videotaped interrogation of Porco by the Bethlehem Police Department that Judge Jeffrey Berry has previously ruled inadmissible.

Fraternity brothers, friends didn't see Porco asleep in lounge

Seven students from the University of Rochester, which Christopher Porco once attended, testified in his murder trial they did not see their frat brother and friend sleeping in the student lounge at Munro Hall dormitory during the early morning hours of Nov. 15, 2004.

Phone calls to parents go unanswered

Phone calls or the lack thereof made by Christopher Porco to his parents the morning of Nov. 15, 2004 could be the new information soon to come forward in Christopher Porco's murder trial.

Wednesday, July 12

Songs of Summer

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Q's new path

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Tuesday, July 11

Toll operators identify Jeep

Two tollbooth collectors who work 230 miles apart, in Rochester and Albany, told jurors in the murder trial of Christopher Porco that they recall seeing a yellow Jeep Wrangler with a young white male driving the night Peter and Joan Porco were attacked.

Friday, July 7

Neurosurgeon: Porco mom could have memory lapses

The neurosurgeon who operated on Joan Porco's skull fractures after the ax attack inside the Porco family's Brockley Drive home in November 2004, said her severe injuries could cause memory lapses following recovery.

Under the ax; 4th day testimony centers on murder weapon

Investigators from the Albany County district attorney's office wheeled a heavy sack filled with evidence into the Orange County Courthouse on Thursday morning, July 6, where the murder trial of Christopher Porco is being held.

Thursday, July 6

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Porco trial: Day 3; Bloody socks and a $100 check

Close to 200 crime scene photos of the inside of 36 Brockley Drive were detailed during testimony at the murder trial of Christopher Porco from the man who took them, New York State Police Troop G Investigator Drew McDonald.

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IM: 'My parents are dead'; Former girlfriend testifies

The girlfriend of Christopher Porco during November 2004 told jurors in his murder trial that Porco wasn't feeling well just hours before he learned his parents had been attacked in their Brockley Drive Home.

Wednesday, July 5

Prosecutors present grisly pictures

When Third Appellate Division Court Officer Captain Michael Hart drove up the driveway of 36 Brockley Drive in Delmar on a sunny November morning in 2004, he had no idea from looking at the peaceful, pristine outside of the Porco family home, what deadly carnage lay quietly inside.

Two legal teams square off in Porco case

The difference between a verdict of guilty or not guilty in the Christopher Porco murder trial may rest in the hands of the attorneys

New York State Museum

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