Updated 07/26/2006 09:21 PM
Bethlehem detective takes the stand
The lead detective in the Porco murder investigation took the stand Wednesday in the Christopher Porco murder trial. He claims that Joan Porco indicated that her son attacked her with an axe.
Bethlehem Police Det. Christopher Bowdish is bringing jurors through the investigation, but the defense is also trying to pick all of his statements apart.
Prosecutors hope Bowdish will tie up some loose ends including corroborating previous testimony that Joan Porco implicated her son in the attack shortly after Bowdish and other investigators arrived on the scene. He also talked about his lifting of a fingerprint on a phone box near cut phone wires in the Porcos' backyard. The fingerprint, however, cannot be matched to anyone.
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Bowdish also talked about how several officers watched hours of surveillance video of what looks like Christopher Porco's Jeep leaving the University of Rochester, which could put him near the crime scene. The defense argued that doesn't mean all 800 hours of video were watched, which they say means police didn't do a thorough investigation.
Albany County Chief Assistant District Attorney Michael McDermott said, "I think the jury will find that they did more than adequate, they did an exemplary investigation."
Defense Attorney Laurie Shanks said, "They never did any investigation, except about Christopher."
Bowdish also said police looked through dumpsters near the crime scene along with surveillance video from area businesses.