Appeals court upholds Kaitlyn Conley's manslaughter conviction

Kaitlyn Conley’s conviction in the poisoning death of Whitesboro chiropractor Dr. Mary Yoder, was unanimously affirmed in a decision issued by the court of appeals Friday.

Posted: Mar 19, 2021 4:35 PM
Updated: Mar 19, 2021 5:27 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – Kaitlyn Conley’s conviction in the poisoning death of Whitesboro chiropractor Dr. Mary Yoder, was unanimously affirmed in a decision issued by the court of appeals Friday. Because the decision was unanimous, the case cannot return to the court of appeals without special permission from a judge.

Conley was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in a retrial in November of 2017, for fatally poisoning her boss, Yoder, in 2015. Her first trial earlier that year was declared a mistrial.

An appeal was filed and heard in front of five state appellate court judges in Rochester in December of 2020. Conley’s attorney claimed the jury should have never been allowed to consider a manslaughter charge against her.

Conley was initially charged with murder, but at the end of her retrial, the prosecution added the charge of first-degree manslaughter for the jury to consider. The jury ultimately found her not guilty on the murder charge, but guilty on the manslaughter charge.

She was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

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