Calls to parents go unanswered

Last week, Fischer testified that on Nov. 15, 2004, Porco sent her an instant message from his computer stating that he could not reach his parents.

"He said he had not been able to contact his parents all morning and that he was nervous," Fischer said.

Chief Prosecutor Michael McDermott said employees from Verizon and Sprint phone companies will be called to testify in the next several days to verify the result of any phone calls made by Christopher Porco to his parents' cell phones or to 36 Brockley Drive. McDermott told The Spotlight there is no evidence gathered, nor any information obtained that Christopher Porco made any phone calls to his parents the day before or the morning after the crime. Someone had cut the phone lines at 36 Brockley Drive at 4:54 a.m. the day of the crime.

When Christopher Porco finally got word on Monday afternoon, Nov. 15, around 3 p.m. that his father had been murdered and his mother wounded, his reaction, according to Novak, was "relatively calm."

"There was no panic in his voice," Novak said. "When he hung up the phone, he said 'my parents are (expletive) dead,' and then he walked past us," said Novak.

McDermott was asked if the jury will have a hard time deciphering the prosecution's case with so much circumstantial evidence that is being heard and no rock solid physical evidence connecting Porco to the crimes.

"My concern with the jury is that they are all taking notes on everyone's testimony, and it will be our job to bring it all together in the end," McDermott said.

Several members of the jury bring notepads into the courtroom and take several notes during the daily proceedings.

The defense counsel, Terence Kindlon and Laurie Shanks, and Judge Jeffrey Berry have made it clear since the beginning of the trial that the burden of proof is on the prosecution, and does not rest with Christopher Porco.

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