(May 10, 2017)
It was back into the intense interview room on Tuesday for jurors in Kaitlyn Conley's murder trial, as prosecutors played more of the emotional exchange between defendant Conley and the investigator and lieutenant interviewing her.
The February 5, 2016 interview was Conley's fourth in the investigation into local chiropractor Dr. Mary Yoder's poisoning death. The doctor died of Colchicine toxicity. Colchicine is a medicine commonly used to treat gout.
"You bought the credit card that bought the Colchicine that ends up in Mary's system. See where that kind of shows where this is going? How do you explain this one to me?" asked Lieutenant Robert Nelson.
Conley, at one point, challenged the lieutenant.
"If I knew it, if I did this and I knew it was on my phone, then I'm also smart enough to know to get rid of my phone," said Conley to Nelson during the interview.
"But you didn't, did you?" asked Nelson. "And now we've got your phone."
Both Nelson and Investigator Mark VanNamee tried relentlessly to persuade Conley to give a reason for the crime, a motive.
"Was it Adam? Was it something because of Adam, your relationship with him? Is it that? Money?" asked Nelson.
At one point, Conley sobbed uncontrollably.
"I'll go to jail forever," said Conley. "No, you will not, Katie. You won't go to jail forever. There's reasons for everything," Nelson said.
"I won't be able to graduate," Conley said.
Conley said during the interview that she had people who love her.
"Everybody has people that love them, Katie. Mary had people that love her, and those people need answers," Nelson told her.
The prosecution on Tuesday rested their case at the conclusion of the videotaped interview. The defense began calling witnesses after lunch recess Tuesday. Among them was a waitress from a Cazenovia diner who has served Mary Yoder's widower and sister, who are now dating.
But the server stopped short of proving infidelity as a motive for Yoder to kill his wife, as the defense had suggested in opening arguments.
"I honestly wait on, like, 100 people a day, so there's no way that I can tell when I waited on these people," said Mallory Clark.
The defense illustrated the rapid progression of William Yoder's relationship with his sister-in-law, Kathleen Richmond, who also took the stand on Tuesday.
"We were grieving together and we gravitated toward each other. That's when a more intimate relationship began," Richmond said. "Two months after my sister passed."
"Little less than two months?" asked Defense Attorney Christopher Pelli. "Little less," said Richmond.
At the conclusion of testimony Tuesday, the judge told jurors that the defense had more witnesses slated for Wednesday, but that they'd go quickly, and that the defense is expected to rest, at which time he plans to send jurors home early so that the attorneys could work on their closing arguments.
Closing arguments will be delivered Thursday, at which time the jury is expected to begin their deliberations.
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