via press release:
LIFETIME WINS RIGHT TO PREMIERE ROMEO KILLER: THE CHRIS PORCO STORY
Highly-Anticipated Original Movie Chris Porco Doesn’t Want You to See Will Air Originally as Planned this Saturday at 8pm ET/PT
Film Inspired by the True Story of a College Kid Prosecutors Proved Turned into a Cold-Blooded Murderer and Shockingly Attacked his Own Parents
Documentary BEYOND THE HEADLINES: THE REAL ROMEO KILLER to Immediately Follow Movie’s Premiere at 10pm ET/PT
New York, NY (March 21, 2013) – The Lifetime Original Movie Chris Porco doesn’t want you to see will air as originally planned. Lifetime has won the legal right to premiere its highly-anticipated original movie Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story, starring Emmy® Award winner Eric McCormack (Will & Grace), Matt Barr (Hatfields & McCoys) and Lolita Davidovich (Gods and Monsters), this Saturday, March 23, at 8PM ET/PT. Lifetime won an appeal today in the New York State Appellate Division, Third Department, to premiere the film after a judge issued an injunction Wednesday to prevent its airing. The two-hour film is inspired by the true story of a handsome young college student who became the prime suspect in the shocking murder of his father.
The quiet town of Delmar, New York, was considered anything but dangerous…until 21-year-old Chris Porco (Barr) was accused of brutally murdering his father Peter and disfiguring his mother Joan (Davidovich) in a savage axe attack, a claim made all the more shocking when the case’s lead detective Joe Sullivan (McCormack) believed Joan had identified Chris as her attacker. Weeks after the crime, however, Joan would refute Detective Sullivan’s story, while the town of Delmar and many of Chris’ former friends and girlfriends would also rally to his defense, despite Sullivan’s fierce mission to prove his guilt. Prosecutors believed that beneath Chris’ picture-perfect façade was a devious and cunning sociopath who would stop at nothing to keep his lies hidden. In the end, he was convicted of second-degree murder of his father, but many in the town of Delmar firmly believe the jury wrongfully convicted an innocent young man.
Immediately following the movie’s premiere, Lifetime will air Beyond the Headlines: The Real Romeo Killer, which gives viewers the opportunity to meet the real-life characters involved in the headline-making, shocking true-crime tale. The one-hour special will feature exclusive interviews with Porco, his ex-girlfriend and the Police Department's former lead investigator on the case.
Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story is produced by Romeo Kill Productions Inc. for Lifetime. Executive producer is Ilene Kahn Power (Who Is Clark Rockefeller?) of Kahn Power Pictures, producer is Harvey Kahn (Abducted: The Carlina White Story). Norma Bailey (An Officer and a Murderer) is director and co-executive producer. The film was written by Edithe Swensen (Who Is Clark Rockefeller?).
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