UTICA - Five months after Kaitlyn Conley’s second-degree murder trial ended in a hung jury, her retrial is set to begin in Oneida County Court.
There is a gag order in place so attorneys can’t discuss any aspects of the case, but Judge Michael Dwyer says that jury selection will begin Thursday morning. The judge has set aside both Thursday and Friday for jury selection, but if they seat the jury before the two days are up, opening arguments could happen on Friday. However, witness testimony will not begin until Monday, Dwyer said.
Twenty-four-year-old Conley of Sauquoit is accused of poisoning her chiropractor boss, Dr. Mary Yoder, to death in 2015 using the common gout medicine Colchicine. Conley worked for the Yoder family’s chiropractic office in Whitesboro and also dated her boss’s son, Adam Yoder, who she is accused of framing for the doctor’s murder.
Conley’s first murder trial began with jury selection April 24 and ended May 18, after five days of jury deliberation, when the jury declared they were hopelessly deadlocked and the judge declared a mistrial.
The judge has summoned 130 potential jurors to the courthouse. Forty to 50 potential jurors are standard for jury selection, but this case has had extensive media coverage, which is one reason the jury pool is bigger. Perhaps the biggest challenge is that the trial is expected to last three weeks, and it’s difficult for people to take that much time away from their jobs if they have one.
This time around Conley will have a new attorney, Frank Policelli. She was represented by Christopher Pelli in the first trial.
For a recap of the first murder trial, click here, where stories from each day in court are included at the bottom.