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Two legal teams square off in Porco case

— Albany County assistant district attorneys Michael McDermott and David Rossi are presenting the people's case against Porco. McDermott has handled over 30 homicide cases, and has presented hundreds of cases to Supreme and County Court grand juries. The case against Porco is largely circumstantial relying on the fact that Porco was heavily in debt, failing in school, and had forged his father's name on a $30,000 loan application. Another key piece of evidence the prosecution hopes to use is a nod by Porco's mother Joan to police the morning after the attacks when she was asked if Christopher had committed the brutal crimes against her and her husband Peter.

McDermott is a 1989 graduate of Albany Law School and has been chief assistant prosecutor since 2002. McDermott won the 2004 Arson Prosecutor of the Year award in recognition of his work in closing high-profile arson cases.

The Christopher Porco murder trial is one of the most costly and high profile murder trials in the history of Albany County. The trial is being held in Goshen, Orange County because of the heavy media exposure for close to two years leading up to the case. The trial is expected to last anywhere from four to six weeks. Judge Jeffrey Berry, a Supreme Court Judge in Orange County, is presiding over the case.

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