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Porco Guilty: Christopher's State of Mind

The Porco trial has captivated so many here in the Capital Region. One word some have used to describe Christopher Porco: sociopath.

NEWS10's Alyssa Van Wie talked to an expert about Porco's possible state of mind.

Christopher Porco is at the Albany County Jail and will remain there, behind bars until his sentencing, which is set for the end of October.

His conviction is a matter of record, but his behavior since the attack has been questionable.

We spoke with a UAlbany professor who specializes in human behavior and says there were red flags right from the start.

He came to the courthouse every day, casually walking in front of cameras, and arriving each morning in the car the Capital Region has come to identify with him - that bright yellow Jeep.

"Someone who is as anti-social as he appears to be, sometimes that grandiosity goes along with that," says Dr. Bonnie Carlson, a human behaviorist. "And so he may think he's not really going to get caught."

Dr. Carlson followed the Porco case closely and says Christopher Porco appears to be very anti-social, exhibiting a pattern of that behavior before, during and after the crime.

"The staged break-ins, breaking into your own parents house, selling the computers on e-Bay, it looks like he might have stolen money from the veterinary hospital he worked at," says Dr. Carlson.

Dr. Carlson says, "the other anti-social things he did, lying, forging the transcripts from Hudson Valley (Community College), lying on loan applications, and that sort of thing...that's pretty extensive."

And Porco did not hide out, seen by many at Albany-area bars, movies and coffee houses.

"Maybe he thinks that's the best way not to appear guilty," Dr. Carlson says. "To be very open about it and act as though he's not guilty."

Dr. Carlson says she is puzzled because nothing in Porco's background suggests a reason for his behavior. But she says there is something that makes it more chilling.

"What's disturbing about those behaviors is the victims aren't strangers...they're people he cares about," says Dr. Carlson.

And Dr. Carlson points out some of those people did not come to Chris' rescue on the stand. Fraternity brothers who said he was not around the night of the murder, and of course the icy behavior of his own brother, Jonathan, on the stand.

Dr. Carlson says it is enough to make you wonder why they did not stand up for him.

Again, Christopher Porco is now incarcerated at the Albany County Jail. Sentencing for Porco is scheduled for October 25th. NEWS10 will continue to follow the latest developments in this case and bring them to you when they occur.

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