WAITING — Jury deliberations have entered their third full day in the Kaitlyn A. Conley murder trial. (Sentinel photo by Sean I. Mills)

Deliberations continue in Conley trial

Published May 16, 2017 at 4:00pm

Jury deliberations in the Kaitlyn A. Conley murder trial entered their third full day this morning.

The jury of seven women and five men has deliberated for roughly 10 hours so far, since starting late Thursday afternoon. The jury had no new requests or questions for Judge Michael L. Dwyer this morning, instead keeping to themselves in the jury room.

On Monday morning, the jury told the judge they were unable to reach a verdict, and he asked them to keep trying. They have previously asked for the legal definitions of both “reasonable doubt” and intent”.

Deliberations will continue until they either reach a verdict or the judge accepts a hung jury. There was no verdict by press time.

Conley, 24, of Sauquoit, is accused of poisoning her boss, Dr. Mary L. Yoder, with the deadly toxin colchicine on July 20, 2015. She worked as receptionist at Yoder’s Chiropractic Family Care in Whitesboro. Conley is charged with second-degree murder, among other charges, and faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

Friends and supporters of both the Conley and Yoder families have filled the courtroom since the trial began late last month. Now they wait inside the courthouse for the verdict.

The District Attorney’s Office must prove that Conley intended to poison Yoder with the colchicine in order to win their case. Their proof consisted largely of circumstantial evidence that linked Conley to the purchase of the colchicine online, claiming that the only reason she would have to buy the poison would be to use it on Yoder. The prosecution argued that Conley poisoned Yoder to get back together with her ex-boyfriend, Yoder’s son Adam.

The prosecution also presented evidence that Conley wrote an anonymous letter to investigators trying to frame Adam for the murder. And they said Conley’s DNA was found on the bottle of colchicine.

Defense attorney Christopher Pelli has argued that there is
too much reasonable doubt to convict Conley.

The defense attorney said there is no evidence that Conley administered the poison to Yoder on the day in question, and no direct evidence that she ordered the drug. The defense has argued that Yoder’s husband, William, is the killer.