Kaitlyn Conley has been charged with poisoning her chiropractor boss in what a prosecutor said was a nearly year-long "well thought out" plan to frame the doctor's son. A family member had suggested New York authorities look deeper into the death last July.
Conley, 23, was arrested Monday after she was indicted by an Oneida County grand jury for second degree murder, according to WSTM-TV
. Conley, of Sauquoit, New York, worked at the front desk for Chiropractic Family Care in Whitesboro.
Dr. Mary Yoder, 60, who died July 22, 2015, owned the business with her husband Dr. William R. Yoder. Following a tip from a family member, an autopsy revealed that she died of colchicine toxicity, noted WSTM.
Colchicine is normally used to treat gout and familial Mediterranean fever in patients. According the U.S. Library of Medicine
, a colchicine overdoes could lead to a slowed or stopped heartbeat and breathing, along with stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea of bleeding.
The Utica Observer-Dispatch
said the grand jury also charged Conley with two counts of first-degree falsifying business records, second-degree forgery and two counts of misdemeanor larceny.
Conley was released on bail Wednesday after bond was set at $150,000, or $100,000 cash. Her next court hearing was set for June 27.
Prosecutor Laurie Lisi had argued in court that Conley was a flight risk, noted the Observer-Dispatch.
"The people would also like to point out that this crime, based on the evidence we have shown so far, that this was extremely well thought out and planned over a 10-month period of time," Lisi said, per the Observer-Dispatch.
"In addition to that, your honor, if this case proceeds to trial it's the people's intent to show that Conley deliberately attempted to frame Mary Yoder's son Adam Yoder for this heinous crime," Lisi said.
Conley's attorney Christopher Pelli argued, though, that his client wants to prove she's not guilty and maintained a 4.0 grade-point average the spring semester at State University of New York Polytechnic Institute during Yoder's investigation.
"She's not going anywhere," Pelli said. "She wants to stay and she wants to clear her name because she's innocent. I'll even say that I have no concern for her staying around. ... She has nowhere to go."
WSTM-TV said while authorities have not announced a motive, they alleged in court records that Conley obtained colchicine more than six months before Yoder died.
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