(May 9, 2017)
Jurors in the Kaitlyn Conley murder trial on Monday saw an hour and 20 minutes of snippets from a six-hour interview of Conley by Oneida County Sheriff's Department Investigator Mark VanNamee.
It was Conley's fourth interview with law enforcement, and it took place February 5, 2016. During the at-times-intense interview, Conley alternately cries, denies, and asks the investigator questions. The investigator questioned Conley about the purchase of two pre-paid credit cards, one of which was used to purchase the common gout medicine called "Colchine," which was used to poison Dr. Mary Yoder. The investigator told Conley he subpoenaed records from Hannaford corporate, and placed two DVDs in front of her.
"DVDs from the dates and times those were purchased. Who is not on those DVDs? That's not Adam who purchases the pre-paid cards," said VanNamee. "You purchased those credit cards didn't you?" the investigator later asked. "Yes. Yes," replied Conley.
The investigator said in court Monday that the DVDs he placed in front of Conley were blanks. Props.
While Conley said she purchased the pre-paid cards, she couldn't say what happened to them. But the investigator said he knew.
"You admitted to me that you just purchased the credit card, correct? 'Yes.' The very next day it's emailed, the credit card number is emailed to the company," probed VanNamee, referring to the company from which the Colchicine was ordered.
Defense Attorney Christopher Pelli's first question for Investigator VanNamee on cross-examination: "This is how you get wrongful convictions, isn't it?" The prosecution stood and the judge prohibited the witness from answering.
The defense asked the investigator if he had any personal knowledge of how the Colchicine got in Mary Yoder's body, to which the investigator replied, "No."
Testimony resumes Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.