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EZ-Pass, forged transcripts focus of testimony

— "You took all this evidence and found no blood in the Jeep," said Shanks.

"I believe there was blood from one of the items, the blood of Christopher Porco on his shirt," Strack told jurors.

Defense Attorney Terrence Kindlon reminded jurors that sometimes the radio signal emitted from EZ-Pass doesn't always work right when a person drives through the tolls.

"If you take an EZ-Pass and stick it somewhere else, there is no guarantee it won't read in the car," Kindlon said.

Police seized Porco's Jeep Wrangler on the day of the crime and hoisted it on a flatbed truck to take to State Police Troop G in Loudonville. Even though Porco's EZ-Pass at that time was inside the center console, it registered leaving the Rochester toll station but not as it passed through the Exit 24 Albany tolls.

Testimony on Monday, July 24, also centered on Porco's failing grades at the University of Rochester. Prosecutors believe Christopher Porco was obsessed with re-entering the university in the fall of 2004, just one year after he was asked to involuntary separate because of failing grades.

"Mr. Porco performed poorly and was placed on academic probation," stated Marcy Krauss, senior associate director for academic support at Rochester.

After Porco was brought back home by his parents, he enrolled in classes at Hudson Valley Community College, but never attended and received failing grades. He then forged his transcripts and sent the illegal document back to the University of Rochester with a letter asking for readmission. Prosecutors were not able to elicit testimony regarding Porco's forged HVCC transcripts from the spring of 2004.

"I will not permit it to come in," said Judge Jeffrey Berry presiding over the trial. "Neither Joan or Peter Porco knew of the forged transcripts at the time of the Nov. 15, 2004 attacks," the Judge added.

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