Timeline around murder includes text messaging, exit tolls

  • Approximately three hours and 10 minutes later in the early morning hours of Nov. 15, 2004, Exit 24 Albany toll collector Karen Russell testified in Orange County Court in Goshen, that she saw a yellow Jeep come barreling through her toll lane just before her 2 a.m. break.

— "I remember seeing a yellow Jeep because of the speed it entered," Russell stated in court.

  • Kurt Meyer, a Time Warner Security employee testified that he sold the home security alarm that was installed inside the Porco family home at 36 Brockley Drive. Meyer said a check of the home's security system following the attacks show the Porco family security system was disarmed at 2:14 a.m., Nov. 15, 2004.

"The security system was disarmed or turned off by using the master code," Meyers said in court.

Meyers added that phone lines outside the building were cut that same morning, less than three hours later at 4:54 a.m.

  • Albany County Assistant District Attorney David Rossi, who is prosecuting the case against Porco along with Chief Prosecutor Michael McDermott, believes Porco went through the Exit 24 Albany toll plaza at 1:51 a.m. on Nov. 15, 2004, entered his family's home, attacked his parents Peter and Joan Porco with an ax, then cut the phone lines at 4:54 a.m. before driving back to the University of Rochester where he passed the Henrietta Exit 46 tolls again that morning on Nov.15, at 8:18 a.m.

"The two toll collectors' testimony fits in with our timeline," Rossi said. "They are both very credible witnesses."

  • At 11:35 a.m., Nov. 15, 2004 the lifeless body of Peter Porco is found at the bottom of the inside stairs by Third Appellate Division Court Officer Michael Hart.

"He was on his right side, shirt pulled up, and face covered in blood, dark blood," Hart said.

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