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

— "The Bethlehem police department was lead agency at the crime scene, and they call the shots as to how this investigation proceeds," said McDonald.

McDonald told Kindlon and the jury that both state police and Bethlehem police were gathering evidence at the scene at different times in the days following the crime. Kindlon told the jury several people, including EMS personnel, police and others all walked in and around the crime scene before evidence was gathered. The defense believes Bethlehem police have very little experience in handling homicide cases since very few homicides ever occur in the town.

"Who was in charge of the investigation?" asked Kindlon.

"The detective I dealt with was Christopher Bowdish," McDonald said.

"He is the person most extensively trained in the police department."

McDermott asked in redirect whether Bowdish has forensic investigative similar to McDonald's extensive police experience.

"We are both members of the Capital District Forensic Officers Group, and he is the vice president," said McDonald of Bowdish.

Kindlon asked how many homicides Bowdish had investigated for the Bethlehem police department.

"I don't know," McDonald said.

Later in the day, Officer Michael Cotsworth of the City of Rochester police department testified that he found the yellow Jeep Wrangler that Christopher Porco drove on a street outside the dormitories at the University of Rochester on Nov. 15, 2004, after the crimes on Brockley Drive in Delmar occurred.

"I located the vehicle on Genesee Street," said Cotsworth, who then immediately dispatched word that the vehicle was found.

"I blocked the street off and put crime scene tape around the vehicle," he said.

Cotsworth said the Jeep was never moved or touched in his presence.

Kindlon attempted to get information to the jury that Cotsworth asked neighbors if they had seen Porco's Jeep Wrangler that weekend. Celestina Brown, who lives in the neighborhood, told the officer that the Jeep in question had been parked in front of her house for a couple of days. Judge Jeffrey Berry, who is presiding over the trial, would not allow the officer to answer questions regarding his sweep of the neighborhood calling it "classic hearsay."

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