Dateline NBC Friday night will bring central New York's tale of death, loss and anguish, that devastated two families, to a national audience. The show is devoting an entire two-hour episode to the 2015 poisoning death of Sauquoit chiropractor, Dr. Mary Yoder, and subsequent murder trials of Yoder's receptionist and son's ex-girlfriend, Kaitlyn Conley.
"...I have to say, it is the most fascinating Dateline that I have covered since I've been at the show, just given all the twists and turns..." said Dateline NBC Correspondent Andrea Canning, during a satellite interview with WKTV Friday morning. "Tons of people have been working on this story. It's been all hands on deck."
What prompts the show the travel to a small, upstate hamlet, to bring a murder case here to a national audience? Mystery, says Canning.
"Even here at Dateline, people could not decide or not agree on who they feel was the real killer," said the correspondent.
Kaitlyn Conley's first murder trial, in the spring of 2017, ended in a mistrial when the jury couldn't agree on a verdict. Her second trial, in October, ended with a manslaughter conviction and a not-guilty verdict on the murder charge. The manslaughter charge wasn't an option in the first trial. Conley's attorney, Frank Policelli, is preparing a 41-page affadavit as part of a motion to set side the verdict. The motion can be filed before the sentencing date. An actual appeal can't be filed until after sentencing, which is scheduled for January 11th.