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EZ-Pass, forged transcripts focus of testimony

— Chief Prosecutor Michael McDermott argued to Judge Jeffrey Berry that his opening statements to the jury on June 28 announced that Christopher Porco forged his transcripts, and now jurors will not be able to hear why.

"The HVCC transcript is interwoven with deceit and deception this defendant engaged in," said McDermott.

Krauss explained to the jury that when Porco re-enrolled in the fall of 2004 he soon struggled academically again.

"His calculus professor notified the registrar's office he had no written work registered for Mr. Porco, and that the student never attended his course," said Kraus. Porco never met with Kraus that fall even though he was asked to on several occasions.

University Bursar Karen Gorton testified that Porco's fall tuition bill of $17,126 was past due in October 2004 and the defendant e-mailed a response back that the money was on its way.

"He said, 'I am waiting for a loan to clear and I will pay it in the next few days,'" said Gorton. The loan Porco was waiting for was from Citibank in the amount of $31,000, on which he forged his father's name as a co-signer.

Assistant District Attorney David Rossi asked Kate Crowley, the director of network communications at the university if any calls were made from the phone in Porco's doom room on the day of the crime, Monday, Nov. 15.

"Three calls were made, one at 3:11 p.m., a 38-second call at 4:03 p.m., and a third lasting four minutes at 4:04 p.m.," said Crowley. Two of those three calls are believed to be calls Porco made to the Bethlehem police to find out if his parents were dead on the afternoon of the crime.

Before testimony began on Monday, July 24, Berry asked why there was a shift of witnesses from Friday's court proceedings to Monday.

"All of a sudden you're coming in with all these other witnesses," said Berry. "I would prefer we stay on the same course of things."

Prosecutors wanted to bring in college professors employed at the University of Rochester to verify Porco was performing poorly in school.

"These professors are in California, Arizona and Canada, and some are not available this week," said McDermott.

The prosecution's case is expected to be finished by early next week.

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