(May 5, 2017)
On Friday, jurors in Kaitlyn Conley's murder trial heard hours of complex, detail-rich testimony about a forensic examination of 28 electronic devices in the case of local chiropractor Dr. Mary Yoder's murder. The witness who examined those devices- a 22-year-old graduate student at Utica College, who interned in the school's Northeast Cybersecurity and Forensics Center. The first time Nick Gilberti ever testified was in grand jury for this case. He lead the Conley jury on a complex journey through the inner-workings of computers and cell phones, including how he extracts deleted data from them. Gilberti conducted a forensic examination of the office computer at Chiropractic Family Care-the office where Conley worked for Mary Yoder and her husband, William Yoder. Witnesses have testified it's the computer on which Conley worked. Gilberti on Friday detailed for the jury the results of his keyword searches of the computer. One of the keywords he searched-Colchicine; the common gout medicine used to kill Mary Yoder.
"The page was basically an abstract of a research article regarding Colchicine and its effects on the cardio system," said Gilberti of his search results.
Gilberti also found, on Conley's office computer, a domain search.
"But the important one is the part that says domain equals. Because, just like before, it indicates that the user is searching for Chiro Family Care. Before it was "Chiro Family Care CNY". And now, the user is conducting a search for "Chiro Family Care," said Gilberti.
Chiro Family Care is the business name used to purchase the Colchicine believed used to kill Mary Yoder. Gilberti said the date of the search was Wednesday, September 17, 2014.
Gilberti's analysis of Conley's office computer showed that someone on the computer was using the gmail account used to purchase the Colchicine believed used to kill Mary Yoder.
"That indicates that the user is currently looking at mail in the gmail account with this name, Mradamyoder1990," said Gilberti.
Testimony resumes Monday at 10am. The prosecution's case continues at that time, with Gilberti back on the stand.