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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.

Porco has been charged with murder and attempted murder for the ax attacks that killed his father, Peter Porco, and left his mother, Joan Porco, severely injured, inside their 36 Brockley Drive home in Delmar in November, 2004.

Prosecutors believe Porco drove from the University of Rochester late Sunday night, Nov. 14, 2004 to Delmar in Albany County to attack his parents inside the master bedroom as they slept. Authorities believe Porco left Brockley Drive close to 5 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 15, and drove back to Rochester in the early morning hours to get back to his dorm, Munro Hall.

Witnesses in the Porco murder trial including Sarah Fischer, Porco's former girlfriend, and Jason Novak, a University of Rochester senior, both testified the defendant was worried about his parents on Nov. 15, 2004, the day after the crime.

According to many of Porco's friends who testified on Monday, July 17, he tried to make several calls to his mother and father at the Brockley Drive home and on their personal cell phones and there was no answer.

He said he was worried about his parents because he was trying to call them and could not get in touch with them from Sunday afternoon until Monday afternoon, said Novak.

Gregory Whiteside, another friend of Porco's at the University of Rochester in 2004, said the defendant was "fairly fatigued and somewhat distressed" on Monday, Nov. 15, because he could not reach his parents.

"At one point, he mentioned he had difficulty reaching his parents on their cell phones and he was quite concerned because it was unusual," said Whiteside.

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