(May 4, 2017)
Jurors in the Kaitlyn Conley murder trial heard from Conley herself Wednesday, when prosecutors played a DVD of a police interview with Conley once she went from witness, to suspect.
Conley is the 24-year-old Sauquoit receptionist accused of poisoning her boss, chiropractor Mary Yoder, to death, in July of 2015.
Conley dated Yoder's son, Adam Yoder, whom police say Conley tried to frame for the crime by writing letters to the Onondaga County Medical Examiner's Office and the Oneida County Sheriff's Department, implicating Adam Yoder.
Conley cried throughout the recorded interview, telling Sheriff's Department investigators that she feared they couldn't protect her from Adam Yoder. Investigators asked her questions about Adam Yoder's motivation and frame of mind.
"Did he express that he didn't mean to do this, to you?" asked Investigator Mark VanNamee. "He said he regretted it," replied Conley.
"Do you think he wanted to hurt her or he wanted to see her die?" asked VanNamee. "I don't know why he would want to see her die," replied Conley
Investigators asked Conley if her DNA would come back on the Colchicine bottle found in Adam Yoder's vehicle.
"When I say that your DNA isn't going to be on that bottle because you didn't open it, is that going to be accurate?" asked VanNamee.
"Unless it's the one that was on the back counter," replied Conley.
Investigators, armed with IP addresses, also questioned Conley about the gmail address used to order the Colchicine.
"Tell us when you set up that account," asked Lt. Robert Nelson. "When did you set it up?" "I didn't set it up," replied Conley. "Ok, but yet you know how to log in and get the password to it." "Right. I know the password," said Conley. "Ok, so who set it up?" asked Nelson. "I know some of Adam's passwords, too," replied Conley
Court ended for the day when the DVD of the interview was finished. Earlier in the day, the forensic chemist from Onondaga County who confirmed the bottle found in Adam Yoder's car contained Colchicine, testified that the label said it contained one gram, but that only 1% was left in the bottle. Also on Wednesday, a juror abruptly got up from the jury box and left the courtroom. He returned a few minutes later. Testimony resumed, and nothing was said about it.
Testimony resumes Thursday morning at 10 a.m.
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