The New York Court of Appeals has denied Kaitlyn Conley’s request to take her case to the highest court in a final attempt to overturn her 2017 manslaughter conviction.
After an initial mistrial, Conley was found guilty of fatally poisoning her boss, Dr. Mary Yoder, in 2015. The first trial resulted in a hung jury, and in the second, Conley was found not guilty of murder, but guilty on the first-degree manslaughter charge.
In December of 2020, an appellate court in Rochester heard Conley’s case for an appeal.
Conley’s attorney claimed the jury shouldn’t have been allowed to consider the manslaughter charge, which was added at the end of her retrial.
The Oneida County District Attorney’s Office said all of the legal requirements were met for the jury to be able to consider the manslaughter charge.
Three months later, the appellate judges unanimously affirmed Conley’s conviction.
The final attempt to appeal was denied on Sept. 13, affirming the decision made six months prior.
Conley is currently serving a 23-year sentence in state prison.