Goshen A forensic investigator for the New York State Police testified that Christopher Porco's EZ-Pass was found stuffed inside the center console of his Jeep Wrangler when police performed an exhaustive inventory of the vehicle to collect evidence just days after the crimes against his parents at 36 Brockley Drive.
Investigator Kelly Strack said Porco's Jeep was searched from dashboard to glove compartment to gas pedal in the hunt for clues.
Is it safe to say you were looking for blood? asked Prosecutor David Rossi.
"Yes, it is," said Strack.
Instead what police found was Christopher Porco's EZ-Pass " the device used for quicker passage through Thruway toll lanes " jammed in the center console next to the loose change. Prosecutors believe Porco drove down the state Thruway from Exit 46 in Henrietta, outside of Rochester, to Exit 24 in Albany to kill his parents Peter and Joan Porco before returning back on the Thruway to the University of Rochester campus as students were waking for class.
The EZ-Pass in Porco's vehicle was used prior to the Nov. 15, 2004 attacks on the Porcos, on Nov. 12 and 13 of 2004, according to Eric Christensen, Thruway Authority operations manager. Porco's EZ-Pass with tag numbers 00401730245 registered when he drove from Rochester to Albany to see his then-girlfriend Sarah Fisher that weekend.
Prosecutors believe that on Nov. 14 and 15, Porco removed the EZ-Pass located above the rear view mirror inside his car and paid for tolls using manned toll stations from Albany to Rochester and back. Two toll booth operators at Exit 24 and Exit 46 earlier testified they saw a yellow Jeep Wrangler drive through their lanes at times before and after the attacks occurred.
The Jeep was ripped from top to bottom by police, but Defense Attorney Laurie Shanks reminded jurors that no blood from Peter and Joan Porco was ever found.