Prosecutors say PG doctor murdered his wife

PROVO — On April 11, 2007, 6-year-old Ada MacNeill walked into a bathroom and found her mother Michele dead in a tub of reddish-brown water. Nearly five and a half years later, prosecutors charged Ada’s father Martin with murder for the incident.

Prosecutors filed charges Friday against Martin MacNeill, 56. The former Pleasant Grove doctor now faces one count of murder, a first-degree felony, and one count of obstruction of justice, a second-degree felony. MacNeill also was formerly a clinical director of the Utah State Developmental Center in American Fork.

Prosecutor Chad Grunander confirmed Friday afternoon that the charges had been filed. A news release from the Utah County Attorney’s Office adds that MacNeill was arrested Friday by officials from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service. MacNeill was booked into jail on $1 million cash-only bail.

According to documents filed Friday in Provo’s 4th District court, the charges stem from allegations that MacNeill killed his wife shortly after she had plastic surgery. The procedure took place just a week before Michele died, and MacNeill reportedly “used the surgery and recovery period to obtain the necessary drugs and set in motion the circumstances to intentionally or knowingly cause Michele’s death.”

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