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

Photos from the 2006 Christopher Porco murder Trial. The trial was moved from Albany County to the Orange County town of Goshen.

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

— "Back to the University of Rochester," said Fischer.

Fischer told Rossi that Porco initially told her he did not see his parents that weekend.

"He said he felt bad about that," she said. When the couple spoke again online through instant messaging Sunday afternoon November 14, Porco told her he did see his father Peter that weekend, but that his mother Joan wasn't home. They again spoke online Sunday night just before 10 p.m., about four to six hours prior to when police believe Peter Porco was murdered and his wife Joan was savagely attacked with an ax in the master bedroom of their Brockley Drive home.

"He signed off at 10 p.m., and said he had to pick up an economics books," said Fischer.

The next time Fischer spoke with Porco online was Monday afternoon Nov. 15, around 2 p.m., about three and a half hours after police found the body of Peter Porco lying dead at the base of the stairs inside his home.

"We were talking and he said he wasn't feeling well," said Fischer. While the two were corresponding, Fischer's sister Kate sent Sarah a message online, telling her older sister something had happened at 36 Brockley Drive. Sarah Fischer then rapidly sent the same message to Christopher Porco.

"What was his response to that?" Rossi asked.

"He said he had not been able to contact his parents all morning and that he was nervous," said Fischer. Porco then asked Sarah Fischer if he could send an instant message to her sister Kate to find out more information. The two briefly stopped communicating for about 45 minutes, and again went back online between 2:45 and 3 p.m. It was one of the last messages that day from Christopher to his girlfriend, and it said "my parents are dead."

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