Court of Appeals declines to hear Conley appeal

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ALBANY — The New York Court of Appeals has declined to hear convicted killer Kaitlyn A. Conley’s latest appeal attempt.

According to court documents dated Sept. 13, the highest court in the state denied Conley’s application and the attempt to appeal will not happen. This was Conley’s second failed appeal attempt following her 2017 conviction for first-degree manslaughter.

In July 2015, Conley, now age 27, poisoned her boss, Dr. Mary L. Yoder, while working at Yoder’s Chiropractic Family Care in Whitesboro. Conley was not charged until nearly a year later after an extensive investigation. A mistrial was declared during Conley’s first trial in county court in early 2017, and then she was found guilty of first-degree manslaughter in a second trial in October 2017.

Conley appealed her conviction to the Appellate Division in Rochester and a hearing was held in December 2020. The Appellate Division eventually struck down Conley’s appeal in March, upholding her conviction. Conley then attempted to appeal that decision to the New York Court of Appeals in Albany, and the court decided to not even hear the case.

Conley is serving 23 years in prison at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in Westchester County. She is eligible for parole in 2037.

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