Goshen In one of the few times jurors may hear from Christopher Porco during his trial for murder, prosecutors on the second day of testimony played two recorded telephone exchanges between Porco and a dispatcher with the Bethlehem police department in the hours following the attacks on his parents.
The first call came in at 3:09 p.m. on Nov. 15, 2004, approximately four hours after his parents, Joan and Peter Porco, were discovered brutally attacked in their 36 Brockley Drive home.
My name is Christopher Porco, and I am calling to find out if my parents were found dead, Porco stated calmly to Bethlehem Police Department Emergency Dispatcher Brianna Tice. Tice did not answer the question and instead placed Porco on hold before returning to the line to ask where he was calling from. Porco said he was calling from his dorm room at the University of Rochester and that he had been contacted about the death of his parents by an Albany newspaper intern.
"They called and said my parents are dead," Porco stated. Tice told Porco she would get more information and have someone call him back. Porco did not say whether he had spoken with anyone else, including family members.
About an hour later, Porco placed a second call to the Bethlehem dispatch center.
"This is Christopher Porco and I'm calling back to talk to a detective, I don't remember his name, he never called me back," Porco said. Tice transferred the call to Bethlehem Police Det. Charles Rudolph and immediately began to inquire about Porco's strained relationship with his father, Peter, who was killed in the attack.
"We have been e-mailing about some college loan stuff," Porco said.
Rudolph then told Porco that his mother was being treated in Albany Medical Center. "When you come, I will be there to see if there is anything I can do for you," said Rudolph.