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.

Criminal defense lawyer Terence Kindlon and his partner in both practice and in life, wife Laurie Shanks, are the defense team for Delmar native Christopher Porco. Porco is on trial for allegedly murdering his father Peter Porco and attempting to murder his mother Joan.

Kindlon will attempt to present a case showing that Porco was not given a chance to represent himself legally when being questioned by Bethlehem Police the night after the attacks. He will also explain to the jury that the prosecution has offered no physical evidence linking Porco to the crime on the night of Nov. 15, 2004 when the attack occurred inside the family's Brockley Drive home.

I've been handling murder cases since the 1970s and they are the most intriguing cases, said Kindlon. "The downside is that the consequences are the most grave. A person could spend the rest of his life behind bars. In this trial I expect to hear a loud and clear not guilty verdict twice."

Kindlon has tried more than 150 cases to verdict and has represented a number of men facing the death penalty in both state and federal court. Kindlon is no stranger when it comes to facing death. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for serious wounds received in combat. He credits his staff and legal team for much of his recent success and notoriety.

"I've got a very good team of lawyers who work here," said Kindlon, a graduate of Albany Law School.

One of those lawyers is his partner and wife, Laurie Shanks, who is also representing Porco. Shanks is a graduate of Arizona State Law School and is also a faculty member at Albany Law School. Shanks frequently serves as a trial consultant to criminal defense lawyers throughout the country.

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