THE WAIT CONTINUES — Accused killer Kaitlyn A. Conley reads a document at the defense table at the start of jury deliberations this morning. The jury has been in deliberations since last Thursday. Conley typically spends each day waiting outside the courtroom with her family and supporters. (Sentinel photo by Sean I. Mills)

Jury still can’t reach verdict in murder trial

Published May 18, 2017 at 12:10pm

County Court Judge Michael L. Dwyer said he will accept a hung jury this afternoon in the Kaitlyn A. Conley murder trial.

After more than 20 hours of deliberations, the jury of seven women and five men delivered a note to the judge at about 11:45 a.m. today stating that thy could not deliver a verdict.

"We, the jury, will never reach a unanimous verdict," the note stated.

Dwyer asked the jury to take a long lunch break and meet again at 2 p.m. If they still cannot decide, the judge said he would accept a hung jury.

With a hung jury, Conley will be retried this Fall.

The jury started deliberating one week ago, on Thursday, May 11. The trial started on April 24.

Conley, 24, of Sauquoit, is accused of poisoning her boss, Dr. Mary L. Yoder, with the deadly toxin colchicine on July 20, 2015. Conley worked as the receptionist at the Yoder family clinic, and had a rocky relationship with the Yoder’s son, Adam.

Prosecutors have argued that Conley poisoned Mary Yoder in an effort to get back together with Adam, and they did briefly after Mary Yoder’s death. But when that relationship ended again, prosecutors said Conley tried to frame Adam for the murder by writing an anonymous letter to investigators.

Conley would later admit to writing the letter to investigators, which they have said set them on the path to accusing her of the killing. The defense has argued that there is no evidence showing that Conley administered the colchicine on the day in question, and therefore there is too much reasonable doubt for a conviction.

Conley faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted. Conley is free on bail, and spends her days with her family and supporters in the courthouse.