(April 24, 2017)
UPDATE: After questioning another round of 16 potential jurors for the Kaitlyn Conley murder trial, the remaining seven jury seats have been filled, for a total of 12 jurors and four alternates.
Court will resume at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Oneida County Court for opening arguments in the trial.
UTICA, N.Y. – Jury selection is underway in Oneida County Court for the murder trial of Kaitlyn Conley.
Conley, 24, of Sauquoit, is accused of poisoning her boss, chiropractor Dr. Mary Yoder, to death in 2015.
Family members raised concerns after Yoder died suddenly, and in 2016 Conley was arrested and charged with murder. Conley worked for the Yoder family's chiropractic office in Whitesboro for four years.
Prosecutors say that Conley used gout medicine, Colchicine, to kill Yoder, and then tried to frame her son, Adam Yoder, for the murder.
Nearly 120 potential jurors were in court Monday morning as selection began - more than twice the normal amount for jury selection - and they were told to expect a trail that lasts about three weeks. The Conley family was also in court.
A total of 16 people will be selected – 12 jurors and four alternates in case any of the 12 cannot be there.
The number of potential jurors was narrowed down to under 100, then 16 potential jurors were pulled and the prosecution and defense asked them specific questions. Some of the questions included whether Conley’s age would be a factor in their ability to serve impartially, whether or not men and women process grief differently, and whether or not they can handle making a decision regarding a murder charge.
Of the initial 16 potential jurors that were pulled for questioning, nine were selected to serve as jurors for the trial. They were sworn in and told to return at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Opening arguments for the trial are expected to begin Tuesday, with the first witness - from a list of 60 total witnesses - expected to take the stand on Wednesday.