ALBANY, N.Y.---The vicious attack, the infamous yellow jeep and the constant media attention are just some of the aspects of Christopher Porco's 2006 trial which were portrayed in this weekend's Lifetime premiere of "The Romeo Killer."
"The movie presented what I readily will admit was the essence of the prosecution's case with the prosecution's spin on it," says Terry Kindlon, Porco's defense attorney.
Kindlon says the movie had numerous inaccuracies, including the portrayal of Porco's numerous relationships with women and his attempt at tampering with evidence.
"I suppose it was important to the screenwriter's arc to do that, to take him as pure as the driven snow to somebody who is really sneaky, but it wasn't accurate," says Kindlon. "It had nothing to do with the actual events, it had no role in the trial and was groundless."
Assistant District Attorney Mike McDermott was also cast in the movie and while he was unavailable to go on camera, he says the scenes following the vicious attack were a bit much for television.
Porco's former employer at the Bethlehem Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Elaine LaForte, echoed similar sentiments and did not watch the movie.
"We had no desire to see a re-enactment of the horrific violence committed upon our dear friend Joan and her husband Peter. It is for the same reason that we did not stay for the prosecution's summation during the trial. Nor were we there for the conviction."
Kindlon says he is surprised his character was cast as a minor role and says the movie was built largely on the perspective from the prosecution.
Kindlon continues to maintain Porco's innocence.
"I wonder if someday someone will wander out of the darkness and say okay it was me, I did it, and this is how I did it," says Kindlon. "In this instance, Christopher Porco, an innocent person, was convicted of a crime, a horrible crime that he did not commit."
Porco is serving life in prison and has exhausted all of his appeals.
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