Computer expert testifies in Kris Zocco’s child porn trial; case could go to jury Thursday

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- On the third day of testimony in the trial for 39-year-old Kris Zocco, charged in two separate cases, and believed to be the last person to have seen 27-year-old Kelly Dwyer before she disappeared last October, Zocco's lawyer presented his side of the story.

Zocco faces 17 counts of possession of child pornography in one case, and five drug-related charges in another case, including maintaining a drug trafficking place, possession with intent to deliver THC, possession of narcotic drugs, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He has not been charged in connection with the disappearance of Kelly Dwyer.

Police say the charges Zocco faces in the two cases filed against him are related to what police found while searching for Kelly Dwyer.

One of the key questions in Zocco's trial on the child pornography charges has been: How did the child pornography found on Zocco's computer hard drive get there?

The defense began making its case in court on Wednesday -- not denying there was child pornography on Zocco's computer hard drive, but questioning whether Zocco was the one who downloaded it.

A computer expert who looked at Zocco's computer, CDs and the computer's hard drive for the defense testified that the company Zocco worked for put folders on his hard drive before Zocco even started working with the company -- saying it seemed as though others could have used the same computer before Zocco did. The computer expert told the court he found other user profiles on Zocco's computer.

The computer expert also testified that it's common for those who work with computers (Zocco worked in IT) to not be aware of what's on their computers, saying some things can only be found via a deep forensic search. The expert also testified that there was no child pornography on Zocco's computer itself.

A prosecutor asked whether the computer expert investigated who else may have used the computer -- something the expert said he had not looked into.

Zocco told the court Wednesday he does not plan to testify on his own behalf.

The case could go to the jury as soon as Thursday, November 13th.

Zocco has a status conference scheduled for Thursday in the drug case filed against him.

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