continued The murder trial is expected to last four to six weeks. Christopher Porco has been escorted into the courtroom daily by his mother Joan, and a few close family members and friends including Lynn Polster, the wife of attorney John Polster, who was considered to be Peter Porco's best friend. John Polster was at the Bethlehem police station the night Christopher Porco was questioned by police. Polster stated in pre-trial testimony that he was representing Christopher at the time of police questioning and wasn't allowed in to see him. Christopher Porco, at the time, however, denied having an attorney.
The six-and-one-half hour interrogation by Bethlehem police was videotaped, and parts were shown during Porco's pre-trial evidentiary hearings. Berry has not revealed to the public what evidence will be allowed or thrown out for the trial. He has made his rulings on most of the evidence, except for the Thruway toll ticket prosecutors believe Porco's fingerprints are on when he allegedly drove from the University of Rochester to Albany and then back again to the Rochester campus the night the crime occurred. The judge is expected to make the rulings public this week.
Another potential witness in the trial is Courtney Arduini, the youngest daughter of the late Bethlehem Police Det. Anthony Arduini. Defense attorneys believe Courtney Arduini and Christopher Porco dated at the time of the attacks, and that Det. Arduini may have allegedly tampered with evidence because of his distrust of Christopher Porco. The Arduini family has since hired an attorney to stop defense attorneys from potentially slandering the late detective's name. Bethlehem's PBA has since defended detective Arduini as an honest and hard working cop whose name should not be slandered by an attorney who is trying to profess his client's innocence.
Porco remains free on bail until the outcome of the trial is decided.
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