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MacNeill murder trial to decide if Utah doctor killed his wife

Posted in The MacNeill Story on October 15th, 2013 by admin – 2 Comments

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.

But prosecutors say Martin MacNeill, 57, had an age-old motive — he was driven to kill his wife so he could continue having an affair with a younger woman.

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The word ‘victim’ can’t be used in MacNeill murder trial

Posted in The MacNeill Story on October 2nd, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment


Posted on: 4:37 pm, September 30, 2013, by updated on: 05:51am, October 1, 2013

PROVO — A judge has ordered prosecutors to not refer to Michele MacNeill as a “victim” in her husband’s upcoming murder trial.

 

The ruling by 4th District Court Judge Derek Pullan came at the end of a long day of arguments over motions in the high-profile murder case of Dr. Martin MacNeill. The judge granted a defense motion limiting prosecutors’ remarks in opening and closing statements, including the use of the word “victim.”

Judge Pullan also instructed prosecutors to tell police officers they are not allowed to refer to Michele MacNeill as a “victim” in their testimony, as it makes the presumption that she was murdered (the jury must determine that). read more »

Martin MacNeill murder case assigned to new judge

Posted in The MacNeill Story on September 4th, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment

 

Judge Samuel D. McVey speaks to Martin Joseph MacNeill and his Attorney Randall Spencer during his initial appearance Monday, Aug. 27, 2012 in Provo Utah. Scott G Winterton/Deseret News

September 04, 2013 12:25 am  •  Paige Fieldsted – Daily Herald

PROVO – The murder case against Martin MacNeill has been assigned to a new judge in the 4th District Court.

The motion to disqualify Judge McVey, along with supporting documents, is sealed and not accessible to the Daily Herald, but the motion was granted on Aug. 27 and Judge Derek Pullan was reassigned the case.

According to court documents in the case, the Rule 63(B) motion to disqualify was filed the day prior and a telephone conference with Judge McVey was held on Aug. 27. McVey referred the motion to Presiding 4th District Judge David Mortensen who made the reassignment. According to court documents, the motion was filed by the defense and the Utah County attorney’s office opposed the motion.

According to Utah Code, any party in a case can file a motion to disqualify a judge based on bias, prejudice or a conflict of interest. read more »

Doctor accused of killing his wife to face trial in October

Posted in The MacNeill Story on August 12th, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment

Posted on: 12:04 pm, August 12, 2013, by Ben Winslow, updated on: 06:50pm, August 12, 2013

PROVO, Utah — A judge here refused to dismiss prosecutors from a high-profile murder case of a Pleasant Grove doctor accused of killing his wife.

After hearing arguments Monday morning, Fourth District Court Judge Samuel McVey declined to disqualify the Utah County Attorney’s Office from prosecuting Dr. Martin MacNeill on murder and obstruction of justice charges. read more »

‘Explosive allegations’ emerge in doctor’s murder case

Posted in The MacNeill Story on December 17th, 2012 by admin – Be the first to comment

Posted on: 8:30 pm, December 17, 2012, by updated on: 10:43pm, December 17, 2012

PROVO, Utah — Defense attorneys for a Utah County doctor accused of killing his wife filed a bombshell document on Monday, accusing prosecutors of misconduct and seeking to have his case dismissed.

Dr. Martin MacNeill’s attorneys, Randy Spencer and Susanne Gustin, filed the 47-page motion in Provo’s 4th District Court, accusing the Utah County Attorney’s Office of withholding evidence they are legally entitled to. They said they discovered what was missing when a subpoena was served on a prosecution witness, who handed over a thumb drive.

According to the motion, the defense attorneys claim they found thousands of pages of information — including evidence of another potential suspect in the case, destroyed information, and one of their star witnesses being asked by prosecutors to question a child witness. read more »

Martin MacNeill asking for specifics in murder case

Posted in The MacNeill Story on November 15th, 2012 by admin – Be the first to comment

November 15, 2012 12:22 am  •  Paige Fieldsted – Daily Herald

PROVO – Martin MacNeill, a former Pleasant Grove doctor accused of killing his wife in 2007, is seeking more information on the charges he is facing.

In a motion filed by defense attorney Randall Spencer this month, MacNeill is asking the court to require prosecutors to provide a document called a bill of particulars. Specifically, the defense is asking for “a more specific statement of the state’s theory as to the precise time defendant allegedly administered drugs to the decedent, how defendant allegedly administered drugs to the decedent, the precise time of death and the precise cause of death — was it a heart arrhythmia, drowning, potassium poisoning or something else?” Spencer wrote in his motion. read more »

MacNeill pleads not guilty, trial date set for next year

Posted in The MacNeill Story on October 23rd, 2012 by admin – Be the first to comment

October 23, 2012 12:18 am  •  Paige Fieldsted – Daily Herald

PROVO – Martin MacNeill pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and obstruction of justice on Monday. MacNeill is charged with killing his wife Michele in 2007.

Earlier this month, 4th District Judge Samuel McVey ruled there was enough evidence for MacNeill to stand trial on the two felony charges after six days of testimony during a preliminary hearing. The trial will be from March 5 to April 10.

“We are happy it is after the holidays,” Alexis Somers, MacNeill’s daughter, said. “I am anxious to see this resolved and put my father in jail permanently for my mother’s murder.”

Defense attorneys Randall K. Spencer and Susanne Gustin say they will be using at least a week during the trial for MacNeill’s defense.

“We have plenty of time to be prepared and we will be putting on a vigorous defense,” Gustin said. “Martin is looking forward to proving his innocence.”

MacNeill will be in court again on Nov. 26 for a scheduling conference.

FOX News Utah County doctor in court, accused of killing wife

Posted in The MacNeill Story on August 28th, 2012 by admin – Be the first to comment


PROVO — A Pleasant Grove doctor facing murder charges related to the death of his wife five years ago appeared in court Monday.

Martin MacNeill, who is accused of drugging his wife, gave his daughters only an occasional glance in the courtroom as they held photos of their late mother Michelle MacNeill.

An initial autopsy concluded that she died of natural causes. But investigators later changed it to undetermined, saying new information raised suspicion of Michelle’s death.

MacNeill’s daughters, Alexis Somers and Rachel MacNeill, spoke with FOX 13 and said they believe their father is guilty of murder.

“We are relieved that our mother is getting some justice,” said Somers.

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KSL – Doctor accused of killing wife makes first court appearance

Posted in The MacNeill Story on August 28th, 2012 by admin – Be the first to comment


PROVO — A Pleasant Grove doctor charged with murdering his wife made his first court appearance Monday in Provo.

Martin MacNeill waived a reading of the charges against him. He sat silent in courtroom, while family members of Michele MacNeill held up her picture from the second row.

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Posted in The MacNeill Story on August 28th, 2012 by admin – Be the first to comment

Utah Doctor in Court on Wife’s Death

Posted in The MacNeill Story on August 28th, 2012 by admin – Be the first to comment
By PAUL FOY Associated Press
SALT LAKE CITY August 28, 2012 (AP)

A Utah doctor who prosecutors say “led a life filled with contradictions, deception and manipulation” was formally charged Monday in his wife’s death five years ago.

Dr. Martin MacNeill had long been under suspicion by Utah County authorities for his wife’s death, from what prosecutors alleged was a lethal combination of drugs. It wasn’t until his release from a federal prison in Texas for fraud that prosecutors moved to file charges of murder and obstruction of justice.

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Utah Doctor Accused of Drowning Wife Appears in Court

Posted in The MacNeill Story on August 28th, 2012 by admin – Be the first to comment

 By  (@LinseyDavis)

Aug. 28, 2012

The Utah doctor accused of killing his wife made his first court appearance Monday and came face-to-face with his daughters, who say they believe their father had a plan to kill their mother.

Martin MacNeill, 56, was formally charged in the death of his wife, Michele, in April 2007. MacNeill has been held on $1 million bond at Utah County jail since Friday, and is due to return Sept. 4 to choose an arraignment or an evidentiary hearing.

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Doctor charged in wife’s death

Posted in The MacNeill Story on August 27th, 2012 by admin – Be the first to comment

A Utah doctor is behind bars this morning, charged with murdering his wife more than five years ago. Michelle MacNeill died in April 2007, her death ruled natural causes. But now police say her husband killed her, and the couple’s daughter, one of eight children, is speaking out. NBC’s Kristen Dahlgren reports.

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Prosecutors say PG doctor murdered his wife

Posted in The MacNeill Story on August 27th, 2012 by admin – Be the first to comment

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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Former Pleasant Grove doctor charged with murder 5 years after wife’s death

Posted in The MacNeill Story on August 27th, 2012 by admin – Be the first to comment

PLEASANT GROVE — Alexis Somers said the past six years have been like “living in the twilight zone.”

She’s been fighting every day to keep the memory of her deceased mother, Michele MacNeill, in the public eye. Constant contact with police, investigators and the media, she believes, helped to encourage prosecutors to reopen the case more than a year after her mother was found dead in the bathtub of her home in 2007.

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