Kaitlyn Conley,23, Oneida County woman has been charged with second-degree murder for poisoning her boss, a local chiropractor, -said Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol.
Conley used an anti-inflammatory drug called colchicine, which is sometimes used to treat gout, to poison Mary Louise Yoder.
Patients with colchicine poisoning initially report symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain, according to the California Poison Control System. Delayed symptoms include seizures, cardiac dysrhythmias, hypotension, shock and respiratory, renal and hepatic failure.
Death by colchicine is terrible and occurs most commonly either within 48 hours of taking the drug due to multi-organ failure and subsequent cardiovascular collapse, or three to seven days post ingestion due to sepsis, according to the poison control center.
Kaitlyn Conley worked for Yoder for four years in her office, Chiropractic Family Care on Oriskany Boulevard in Whitesboro, the sheriff said. Yoder and her husband, William Yoder, owned and operated Chiropractic Family Care for 28 years.
A family member contacted the sheriff’s office in October because they believed the death was suspicious, the sheriff said.
The sheriff’s office contacted the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office.
In December 2015, her death was ruled a homicide, the sheriff said.
Conley was also charged with second-degree forgery, two counts of 1st degree falsifying business and two counts of petit larceny.
Kaitlyn Conley graduated from the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute in Utica in May, according to the college. She was a business administration major, making the dean’s list at least one semester.
She also was a student at Mohawk Valley Community College in 2012 and 2013, making the college’s president’s list for having a grade point average of 3.75 or higher, according to the college.
Mary Louise Yoder was born in Buffalo. She earned her doctorate in chiropractic medicine from Life Chiropractic College in 1986.