Updated 08/11/2006 12:17 PM
Christopher Porco found guilty
After only six hours of jury deliberation, Christopher Porco has been found guilty in his father's murder and in the brutal attack on his mother Joan with an axe.
Defense Attorney Terence Kindlon said, "We are deeply disappointed. This is the crushing blow for our client, a disappointment for his attorneys."
Porco stood calmly for the verdict and showed no emotion. Jurors refused to look over at him or his attorneys. While the defense was utterly disappointed, prosecutors weren't celebrating either.
Chief Assistant District Attorney Michael McDermott said, "I'm very happy because the jury brought back a just verdict - but the whole thing is a tragedy."
Many, including McDermott, expected deliberations to last days, not hours. The jury requested pictures of the Porco home, where the attack happened, and a readback of testimony regarding the house alarm system. It was deactivated the night of the murder by the master code that only four people knew, setting up a timeline the prosecution used to convict Christopher in the crime.
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McDermott said, "I think putting this timeline together that the jury couldn't refute. They didn't want much in the way of readbacks or evidence. It was a very quick deliberation for a case that lasted seven weeks."
Kindlon said, "It is a very quick verdict and we were very surprised. It actually intensifies our disappointment."
The speed of deliberations surprised most everyone so much that Joan Porco, who has believed her son is innocent, wasn't even in court to hear her son would be heading to jail for 50 years to life.
Kindlon said, "We do intend to take full advantage of the appellate process."