A New York woman, Kaitlyn Conley, 23, of Sauquoit was arrested Monday and charged with murder in the poisoning death of her chiropractor boss, according to NBC News. On July 22, 2015, 60-year-old chiropractor Dr. Mary Yoder, 60, died while being treated at the Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare Center.
The family of the deceased was disturbed by the chiropractor’s untimely death and informed the Onondaga County medical examiner that her death seemed suspicious and wanted it to be investigated further. After the coroner performed an autopsy on the chiropractor, it was determined in December of last year that her death was a homicide when traces of colchicine, which is used for gouts, was found in her system.
Bail has been set for Kaitlyn Conley. She’s charged with murdering her employer, Mary Yoder. pic.twitter.com/EksR76vKxH
— Cara Thomas (@CThomasTWCNews) June 15, 2016
The chiropractor’s death left family members, friends, and employees devastated, including Conley, who had worked in the chiropractic office that Dr. Yoder and her husband operated for more than 20 years as a front desk assistant.
When Conley learned that her boss had passed away, she paid tribute to her via Facebook in a lengthy post, which stated, “Dr. Mary I still can’t believe you’re gone. Yesterday was so sudden. You truly were a positive light in the world and I’m so lucky and thankful our lives crossed paths.”
“There wasn’t a day I didn’t look forward to working with you. You taught me so much and had such a profound impact on my life. Everyone appreciated your attention, stories, and laughter.”
Prosecutor asks court to set no bail for Kaitlyn Conley. If bail must be set, request $250,000 cash/ $500,000 bond pic.twitter.com/amgJTh9UTj
— Joleen Ferris (@joleenferris) June 15, 2016
“We will be remembering you for your light, energy, and strength, and the best way I can think to honor your life is to emulate your genuine, cheerful, and kind spirit,” the Facebook post continued.
However, nearly a year after Dr. Yoder’s poisoning death, the front desk assistant was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, reported the Daily Mail.
New York police officials have yet to divulge a motive behind the poisoning death or how they uncovered that Dr. Yoder’s employee was responsible for her passing. However, officials have revealed that the chiropractor’s death was “neither financially nor romantically motivated.”
Investigator Robert Nelson, who is with the Oneida County Sheriff’s Department, stated that “it’s something she had to research and order. This colchicine, like I said, it’s used for gout medicine, but the colchicine in this case was researched, it’s a more pure form than the pill form.”
“The records in the case had to do with the crime itself being committed, so they were documents that she created that assisted her in carrying out the death of Mary Yoder.”
The Oneida County Assistant District Attorney Laurie Lisi stated that in all 28 years working as a prosecutor, this has to be the most well thought out and “best put together case by law enforcement” she’s ever seen.
— WKTV (@WKTV) June 14, 2016
According to Anna D’Ambrosio, who is a Director at the Museum of Art, stated that Dr. Yoder was not only a practicing chiropractor, but she was an “accomplished artist and photographer.” The museum director added that “she was a longtime member of Munson Williams Proctor, as well as an annual participant in our sidewalk art exhibition.”
Not only will Kaitlyn Conley face second-degree murder charges in the death of Dr. Mary Yoder, but she is also facing a “class A-I felony, one count of forgery in the second-degree, a Class D felony, two counts of falsifying business records in the first-degree, a Class E felony, and two counts of petit larceny, a misdemeanor.”
Conley is currently being held at the Oneida County Jail without bail, but she has made an appearance in court early Wednesday morning for a bail hearing. However, no further details of the case have been disclosed.
[Image via Oneida County Sheriff’s Office]