The jury in Christopher Porco's murder trial viewed a costly high-tech display from a forensic video expert utilizing 10 large-screen monitors inside the courtroom to identify the defendant's exact location in November 2004 as he drove through the streets of Rochester.
The Albany County district attorney's office hired Grant Fredericks of Avid Technology at a $250 an hour fee. Fredericks was asked to break down a few seconds of security camera footage captured outside the campus of the University of Rochester on Nov. 14 and 15, 2004, the night before and the morning after the attacks on Peter and Joan Porco at their Delmar home on Brockley Drive. Peter was murdered and Joan survived severe injuries; their son Christopher is on trial for murder and attempted murder.
The first task is to extract the data, the next task is to determine what the data is, Frederick explained in court on Tuesday, July 18.
Jurors viewed four separate pieces of tape showing Christopher Porco driving his yellow Jeep Wrangler out of the University South parking lot in front of Munro Hall on Nov. 14, and traveling off campus to the intersection of Kendrick Road and Crittendon Boulevard in an eastbound direction. Prosecutors believe Porco used this route to get to Thruway Exit 46 in Henrietta and make his way east on the Thruway toward Delmar to attack his parents.
Another segment of security camera footage taped on Nov. 15, 2004 shows Porco traveling back on Kendrick Road and Crittendon Boulevard toward the university campus.
The time sequences on the footage reveal Porco's Jeep driving away from the campus Sunday evening, Nov. 14, 2004, at 10:32 p.m. and then heading back toward campus on Monday, Nov. 15, 2004 at 8:30 a.m.
Prosecutors believe Porco left the Albany area around 5 a.m. on Nov. 15, 2004 after Peter and Joan Porco were attacked and made it back to Exit 46 at 8:18 a.m. Judge Jeffrey Berry would not allow the time data on the camera footage into the records as evidence until other employees from university campus security testify to its authenticity.