Jury selection continues; trial may begin today

— Today, Wednesday, June 28, could be the final day for jury selection in the murder trial of Christopher Porco. A jury pool of five women and two men has been chosen so far. Another five jurors and six alternates will be picked today.

The jury selection began on Monday with over 200 people slowly being weeded out to the final 12 that will be seated to hear the case in Orange County Supreme Court in the town of Goshen. Judge Jeffrey Berry will preside. Attorneys for both sides are hoping that opening arguments will be made no later than the end of Wednesday or Thursday morning.

Heavy publicity in Albany County forced the trial to be moved to Orange County, where there is little if any local media coverage on the trial. A group of Capital District electronic and print media have been following Christopher Porco since the crime occurred and continue their vigil outside the Orange County Courthouse.

Porco is accused of killing his father and attempting to murder his mother with an ax in the family's Brockley Drive home in Delmar in November 2004.

Evidence that will be allowed in the murder trial includes Porco admitting to staging a burglary over a year prior to the attacks at the family's Delmar home. Defense Attorneys Terrence Kindlon and Laurie Shanks along with chief prosecutor and Assistant District Attorney Michael McDermott have all been echoing the same phrase they would all like to see a fair trial. Potential jurors have been screened all week long to see if they can be fair and impartial when evidence on the case is made public. Jurors chosen so far include a teacher, a paralegal, and a bus driver.

McDermott said this week that Joan Porco, the mother of Christopher Porco who survived the brutal attacks, will be called as a witness for both the prosecution and the defense. Joan Porco has no recollection of the attack and has publicly stated that her son is innocent of the crimes he is accused of.

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