Students didn't see Porco asleep in lounge

Seven students from the University of Rochester, which Christopher Porco once attended, testified in his murder trial they did not see their frat brother and friend sleeping in the student lounge at Munro Hall dormitory during the early morning hours of Nov. 15, 2004.

Porco is on trial for the murder of his father, Peter Porco, and attempted murder of his mother, Joan Porco. Peter Porco was murdered with an ax on Nov. 15, 2004, and Joan Porco survived severe injuries by an ax.

On Monday, July 17, Prosecutors called graduates and current students of the university to bolster their case that Christopher Porco lied to friends and authorities when he told them he was sleeping in the fraternity's student lounge the night his parents were attacked at 36 Brockley Drive in Delmar, over 200 miles away.

I watched a movie from 11:45 p.m. until 1:45 a.m. in the student lounge, said Gregory Whiteside, the president of Sigma Phi Epsilon, Christopher Porco's fraternity.

"Was Christopher Porco there at all?" asked Assistant District Attorney Michael McDermott.

"No, he was not," Whiteside said.

Christopher Halas, a 2005 University of Rochester graduate and fraternity mate of the defendant, said he was in the student lounge where Porco said he was asleep from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. on Nov. 14 and 15, 2004, and told the jury he did not see Porco.

"Was he there during the hours you were there?" asked Assistant District Attorney David Rossi.

"No, he was not," said Halas.

Porco offered to let the regional director of the fraternity who was visiting that weekend sleep in his room on Sunday night, Nov. 14, 2004, and Porco would in turn sleep in the student lounge where many students mingled. Porco's roommate at the university in the fall of 2004, Joshua Felver-Gant, worked a late shift at the school library until 2 a.m., and did not see the suspect when he got back to Munro Hall's student lounge where he chatted with a few friends until 3:30 a.m.

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