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Guilty as charged – a long time coming…

Posted in The MacNeill Story on November 10th, 2013 by admin – 45 Comments

An overwhelming moment at the courthouse last night when the verdict was read.. everything hinging on that moment and hearing the clerk say “Guilty” was very emotional for our family.

Afterward a courtroom down the hall was opened up for us to all to convene.  We all clapped and cheered for the investigators and prosecution as they walked in.  They asked if we would like to meet the jurors and of course we said yes.  It was a very special moment as the the jurors walked in and we were again clapping and cheering.  Those 8 individuals saw the impact it had on all of us and how happy we were with their decision and thus finally giving Michele the justice she has deserved.  We had the opportunity to talk to them and personally thank them all.  Amazing.

Thank you to everyone who worked on this case and supported our family.

(more to come later – just a quick note for now)

 

Jury finds Martin MacNeill guilty of murder, obstruction of justice

Posted in The MacNeill Story on November 10th, 2013 by admin – 1 Comment

PROVO — Family and friends of Michele MacNeill let out a cry as Martin MacNeill was found guilty of murder and obstruction of justice for the death of Michele in April 2007.

Michele’s daughters, Alexis Somers and Rachel MacNeill, cried and hugged as the jury was polled; all eight jurors said their verdict was guilty on each count.

“We are so happy he can’t hurt anyone else,” Somers said. “That courtroom was full of people who loved my mom. I can’t believe this finally happened, we are so grateful.”

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Jury begins deliberations in Martin MacNeill murder trial

Posted in The MacNeill Story on November 8th, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment

Courts » Jury consisting of five men, three women will decide whether Utah doctor killed his wife in 2007

By Jessica miller| The Salt Lake Tribune

Provo • The question of whether Martin MacNeill killed his wife at their Pleasant Grove home six years ago is now in the hands of jurors. After four hours of closing arguments from prosecutors and defense attorneys, the jury left the courtroom to begin deliberations at 1:55 p.m. Following 13 days of testimony, Deputy Utah County Attorney Chad Grunander on Friday began his closing argument by telling the 4th District Court jury: “The defendant carried out a cold and calculated plan to murder his wife.”

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Macneill Trial Live

Posted in Live Coverage and Videos, The MacNeill Story on November 5th, 2013 by admin – 1 Comment

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Trial overview playlist

Posted in Live Coverage and Videos on October 30th, 2013 by admin – 3 Comments

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Doctor’s mistress testifies at murder trial

Posted in The MacNeill Story on October 30th, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment

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’

Posted in The MacNeill Story on October 30th, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment
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

Posted in The MacNeill Story on October 30th, 2013 by admin – 2 Comments

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

Posted in The MacNeill Story on October 30th, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment

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

Posted in The MacNeill Story on October 30th, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment

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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Prescription for murder? MacNeill trial begins – HLN live blog

Posted in The MacNeill Story on October 23rd, 2013 by admin – 1 Comment

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

Posted in The MacNeill Story on October 23rd, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment

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

Posted in The MacNeill Story on October 23rd, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment
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

Posted in The MacNeill Story on October 23rd, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment

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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