On November 20, 2004, Chris retained the services of defense lawyer Terence L. Kindlon. Kindlon told Capital News 9 that he was hired because the police were purportedly "harassing" his client and accusing him of murder. At the time, Chris was not officially recognized as a suspect in the case.
That same day hundreds of mourners came to pay their respects to Peter Porco at his funeral service at St. Francis de Sales in Loudonville, New York. His widow, who was recovering from having been in a comatose state following her life threatening injuries, was unable to attend. Another memorial service was arranged after Joan was released from the hospital, so that she was able to honor her husband before he was finally cremated and laid to rest.
Investigators were anxious to talk further with Joan because they hoped her testimony would provide the critical evidence they needed in the murder case they were building. Less than two weeks after the funeral, they finally got a chance to hear from her. In a videotaped deposition, Joan didn't reveal what they expected.
Since her coma, Joan was unable to remember the attack. Moreover, she had no recollection of ever having identified Chris as the assailant. Without her testimony, investigators had to rely on other evidence to build a case. Capital News 9 reported that even if Joan was able to identify her attacker, her testimony could likely not hold up in court due to the extent of her injuries.
Over the following months, a full blown investigation was launched to uncover what kind of person Chris Porco was and if he did commit the attacks, what would be his motive. Investigators also looked at other possible suspects. However, as the evidence mounted it increasingly pointed towards Chris being the primary suspect in the attacks.