Family members stare down Pleasant Grove doctor charged with murdering wife

PROVO — What promises to be a prolonged courtroom drama about whether a Pleasant Grove doctor gave his wife a lethal combination of drugs more than five years ago started Monday with an attempt to stare him down.

Martin Joseph MacNeill’s two daughters, sister-in-law and two nieces kept their eyes trained on him and held up pictures of Michele MacNeill from their seats on the second row.

“We’re on your side, but let’s not let it get out of hand, OK?” a 4th District Court bailiff admonished the women before the hearing.

MacNeill, 56, didn’t appear to acknowledge them.

“He saw us. He did,” MacNeill’s daughter Alexis Somers said afterward.

“We want people to remember our mother,” she said. “And we want people to know that she lived and that she deserves justice.”

MacNeill, 56, waived a reading of the murder and obstruction of justice charges against him. Other than quietly conferring with his attorney, MacNeill said nothing in court. Judge Samuel D. McVey scheduled the next hearing for Sept. 4.

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