The fate of Kaitlyn Conley is now in the hands of a jury. Closing arguments from the prosecution and defense took up most of day 14 of her re-trial.
While the defense focused on the holes in the investigation, prosecutors focused on the mishaps made by Conley while allegedly carrying out the crime.
Frank Policelli, Conley’s Defense Attorney, had one message for the jury today…that there is reasonable doubt in this case.
“If there’s a reasonable explanation in the circumstances that’s consistent with innocence, you’ve gotta find not guilty. It’s a break in the chain,” Policelli said.
Policelli points out areas investigators overlooked.
“Where’s the evidence that she ingested colchicine at that office? where’s the evidence that it was even at the office?!”
Policelli again brings up the items found in Adam’s car that were never seized. These items, Policelli says, should have been tested for DNA and even further, colchicine–the toxin that killed Dr. Mary Yoder.
“And why does he have them in the car? I’m going to tell you why. Because when he got sick in April, he wasn’t taking the safety precautions with the colchicine,” Policelli said.
Reading aloud the anonymous letter written by Conley, Policelli stresses it’s strange Adam left in the middle of the night to see his mother in the hospital when nobody was aware of how serious her condition was.
“Only Adam would’ve known at that period of time what he did to his mother,” Policelli said.
To finish it off, Policelli’s belief in Conley’s innocence came full circle, right to the jury.
“If you do your jobs like we trust you will, then this woman, this young lady, who has been put through the wringer unjustly, will get the right verdict,” Policelli said.
Once the defense stepped down from the podium, Assistant District Attorney Michael Coluzza stepped up. His main argument?
“Every significant piece of evidence leads back to one place. It leads back to the woman seated in that chair,” Coluzza said.
When it comes to intent, Coluzza said if there was no intent, why did the defendant frame Adam Yoder?
“A frame is only necessary if there’s going to be a police investigation. A frame is only necessary if your conscious objective, your purpose, is to leave a body at the end of your efforts,” Coluzza said.
Even further, Coluzza questions why Adam would put his own name on the Gmail account used to buy the colchicine, later bringing that toxin with him in his car for an interview.
“He keeps the poison and stashes it in his car and then drives that same car up to a law enforcement agency that wants to talk to him. does that make any sense to you,” Coluzza said.
And while the prosecution got the last word, they wanted to hand that over to Conley’s statement she made to investigators.
“Right, but guys also don’t use poison. They say it’s a lady’s weapon,” Conley said.
The jurors began deliberating late this afternoon. They’ll resume at 9 a.m. tomorrow.