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‘Other woman’ again testifies in Martin MacNeill murder trial

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By Jessica Miller

| The Salt Lake Tribune

 First Published Oct 29 2013 07:08 am

Provo • As the murder trial for Martin MacNeill’s continued Tuesday, the alleged “other woman” in his life resumed her testimony on the witness stand.

Martin MacNeill, 57, is on trial for allegedly killing his 50-year-old wife, Michele MacNeill, in April 2007 in order to continue an extra-marital affair with a younger woman.

That woman, now-37-year-old Gypsy Jillian Willis, is required to testify at the murder trial as part of a plea deal in an unrelated identity fraud case.

Prosecutors on Tuesday presented Willis with a number of “pictures messages” she sent to Martin MacNeill the day after his wife died.

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Doctor’s mistress testifies at murder trial

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October 25, 2013 4:21 pm  •  By PAUL FOY

The mistress of a Utah doctor accused of murder testified Friday that she started a sexual relationship with him more than a year before his wife’s death.

Gypsy Willis said Martin MacNeill put her up in a duplex, gave her a debit card for expenses, and helped pay for her schooling as a nursing student.

Willis, 37, insisted the relationship with a man 20 years older was mostly casual and is over. Prosecutors have argued it was his motive for killing his wife in 2007. Michele MacNeill was found in a bathtub in her home.

Willis said she met MacNeill online by trading messages and was soon getting together with him at random times.

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Doctor’s mistress calls affair ‘casual’

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ourt » MacNeill allegedly killed wife to continue relations with Gypsy Jillian Willis.

By Jessica Miller

| The Salt Lake Tribune

 First Published Oct 25 2013 07:43 am • Last Updated Oct 25 2013 10:19 pm

Provo • Prosecutors allege Martin MacNeill’s motive to allegedly murder his wife was to continue an affair with his mistress, but the “other woman” testified in court Friday that their relationship wasn’t that serious.

“It was a very casual thing,” Gypsy Jillian Willis testified Friday in Provo’s 4th District Court. “Just when we had time and it could be arranged. We had sex half the time, sometimes it was just lunch.”

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Martin MacNeill’s daughter testifies in murder trial

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Father expressed concern he might be accused of killing his wife, Rachel MacNeill tells the court.

Gypsy Jillian Willis was unlike any other nanny that Rachel MacNeill had ever seen.

She didn’t cook. She didn’t clean.

She didn’t care for the children.

But Willis was still hired — just weeks after Rachel MacNeill’s mother, Michele MacNeill, had died — to care for her younger sisters.

But instead of attending to the small children, Rachel MacNeill, 34, testified on Thursday that Willis’ focus was instead on her father, Martin MacNeill.

“I expected her to be focused on the children, to cook or clean or take care of the children,” Rachel MacNeill testified. “[Instead], my dad was cooking, she was staring at my dad. There was nobody looking after the children.”

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ER physician says doctor offered $10K to save wife

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A Utah doctor accused of killing his wife offered money to an emergency room physician to keep trying save his wife, the physician testified Wednesday.

“He offered me $10,000 to continue my resuscitation and not quit,” Scott Vanwagoner said during the murder trial of Martin MacNeill.

Vanwagoner said he was already working furiously to revive Michele MacNeill, and the defendant must have known his wife was already dead.

He called MacNeill’s remark “off-the-wall” and the oddest experience of his medical career.

“I’m not sure how to answer that question, or why he would make that offer,” Vanwagoner told a jury in Provo.

It was the latest testimony about MacNeill’s bizarre behavior on the day his wife died.

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Testimony: Martin MacNeill was loud, disruptive to crews treating his wife

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Courts » Officer says doctor was “hysterical” while medics were performing CPR.

By Jessica Miller

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Oct 22 2013 08:51 am • Last Updated Oct 22 2013 10:04 pm

In the moments after his wife was pulled unconscious from their bathtub, Martin MacNeill’s demeanor was so irregular, several police officers and responding paramedics feared for their safety as they performed CPR on 50-year-old Michele MacNeill on April 11, 2007.

“I was concerned about my safety, actually,” testified Pleasant Grove police Officer Steven Brande, who sat outside the MacNeill’s Pleasant Grove home with Martin MacNeill after MacNeill was asked to leave the bedroom where medics were performing CPR on his wife. “Part of that was the fact there was so much agitation there. I couldn’t predict what his actions were going to be.”

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Bathtub brought to court to show how woman found

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Using a bathtub brought into court by prosecutors, neighbors of a former Utah doctor charged with murder in his wife’s death demonstrated Friday how they found the woman’s body.

They also described frantic moments at the home after they were summoned for help by a daughter of defendant Martin MacNeill.

They recalled finding MacNeill in a lab coat, blaming his wife for her condition while asking for help lifting and trying to resuscitate her.

“She looked lifeless and collapsed,” testified Doug Daniels, MacNeill’s next-door neighbor at the time.

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Lawyer: Doctor said he was glad wife was dead

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A former Utah doctor accused of hounding his wife to get a face-lift so he could kill her with a lethal combination of prescription drugs acted erratically the day she died and claimed she had wanted the surgery, prosecutors said Thursday in opening statements at the murder trial.

In addition, Martin MacNeill told fellow inmates after his arrest that his wife was a “bitch;” he was glad she was dead; and authorities couldn’t prove he killed her, prosecutor Sam Pead told jurors.

Prosecutors have said the killing was the climax of a twisted plot by MacNeill to carry on an affair with his mistress, who MacNeill invited to his wife’s funeral and asked to marry him weeks later.

The case has shocked the Mormon community of Provo, 45 miles south of Salt Lake City, and captured national attention because the defendant was a doctor.

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Prescription for murder? MacNeill trial begins – HLN live blog

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HLN is live-blogging the Martin MacNeill murder trial. Minute-by-minute updates can be found under this story.

Former Utah doctor Martin MacNeill was a coldhearted husband who moved his mistress into the family’s house not long after his wife’s funeral, alleged a prosecuting attorney Thursday in the first day of MacNeill’s murder trial.

Prosecutor Sam Pead also accused Martin MacNeill of being all smiles at his wife Michele’s burial, and said he talked about “how odd it was to be a bachelor again.”

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Macneill Trial – HLN Media

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Utah doctor Martin MacNeill is accused of drugging and drowning his wife, Michele, who was found dead in the bathtub of their family home in 2007. MacNeill is charged with first-degree murder. Stay with HLN for all the details of this complicated case as the trial unfolds.

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Live Updates:First responders’ memories tested in Martin MacNeill trial

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The prosecution says MacNeill poisoned his wife to continue an extramarital affair.
First Published Oct 17 2013 07:29 am • Last Updated Oct 17 2013 11:08 pm

Though Martin MacNeill’s defense attorneys argued Thursday that his wife was not murdered and died from natural causes associated to a bad heart, a doctor who examined Michele MacNeill just weeks before her death said she showed no evidence of heart disease.

“I was shocked,” Dr. Von Welch said about learning that Michele MacNeill had died. “Because at the time I examined her, she was healthy.”

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Testimony resumes in Martin MacNeill murder trial

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PROVO — As first responders worked to revive his wife, an agitated Martin MacNeill shouted directives for her treatment and told a fire chief he thought the former beauty queen had overdosed on painkillers and then fallen and hit her head in the tub.

He also railed against God for Michele MacNeill’s apparent death.

“He said that based on his affiliation (with the LDS Church) and the amount of money he’s donated, this is how God repaid him,” Pleasant Grove Fire Chief Marc Sanderson testified.

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Testimony begins in murder trial of Martin MacNeill

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The prosecution says MacNeill poisoned his wife to continue an extramarital affair.
First Published Oct 17 2013 07:29 am • Last Updated Oct 17 2013 11:08 pm

Though Martin MacNeill’s defense attorneys argued Thursday that his wife was not murdered and died from natural causes associated to a bad heart, a doctor who examined Michele MacNeill just weeks before her death said she showed no evidence of heart disease.

“I was shocked,” Dr. Von Welch said about learning that Michele MacNeill had died. “Because at the time I examined her, she was healthy.”

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MACNEILL TRIAL Neighbors, first responder take the stand in Martin MacNeill murder trial

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Jury selection starts Tuesday; prosecutors say motive was younger woman.

By JessicaMiller | The Salt Lake Tribune

Michele MacNeill, the mother of eight children and a former beauty queen, seems an unlikely candidate to have been killed in her own bathtub. While her husband, a well-known Utah County doctor who also has a law degree, seems just as unlikely in the role of murder suspect.

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