CONLEY RETRIAL Day 10: A cyber security expert reveals evidence

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It was another day of technical talk, as the prosecution presented a day’s worth of electronic evidence.

Anthony Martino, the Director pf the Northeast Cyber Forensics Center, collected nearly 30 electronic devices and tested them all for key word searches relevant to the case. Martino said he did not find anything of evidentiary value on electronics belonging to William Yoder, Mary Yoder’s husband. The same goes for those collected from the Conley family’s home. And when it came to Adam Yoder’s computer, something came up. But it wasn’t in his name.

“All of the hits for the keywords came from the backup of Kaitlyn Conley’s iPhone that had been backed up on 8/04/2015,” Martino said.

As for the front desk computer from the Chiropractic Family Care office in Whitesboro, where Conley worked as a receptionist, Martino said several red flags were raised.

“I found numerous locations where the word colchicine appeared,” Martino said.

Martino said the Gmail account used to purchase the colchicine, the toxin that killed Mary Yoder, was associated with this device. Martino said the user performed their searches in a private browser–a place where activity will not be logged. But this isn’t the only key element connecting this appliance to the purchase of the colchicine.

“Generic terms such as poison, poisoned, poisoning. There were also more specific terms searched, such as arsenic,” Martino said.

Other terms raised concern as well.

  • U.S. Bank: The brand of the prepaid debit card used to buy colchicine
  • ArtChemicals website: Where colchicine was bought
  • Partially downloaded PDF of the anonymous letters (Conley later admits to be author)

Also of concern was a user search in September of 2014 where the person was looking for a domain to create a website by the name of “Chirofamilycare”–the shortened term of the business found on the letterhead of the letter of intent to purchase the toxin.

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