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Martin MacNeill attempts suicide in county jail

Posted in The MacNeill Story on December 6th, 2013 by admin – 1 Comment

Martin MacNeill, who was convicted in November of killing his wife, was hospitalized Thursday after attempting suicide in jail.

According to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, deputies discovered MacNeill attempting suicide at about 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 5. The deputies intervened, and MacNeill was taken to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center and hospitalized. – Full Article

Testimony begins in murder trial of Martin MacNeill

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

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

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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Utah Doc’s Wife Had ‘Greenish Pale’ Skin When Neighbor Found Her in Tub

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

The neighbor of Martin MacNeill testified at the Utah doctor’s murder trial today that she found MacNeill’s wife lifeless in a bathtub wearing only a black long-sleeve shirt.

Next-door neighbor Kristi Daniels told the jury that six-year-old Ada MacNeill came to her and said, “my dad needs some help.”

When Daniels entered the home on April 11, 2007, she said she stood in the doorway of the bathroom where Martin MacNeill was with his wife, Michele, who was unconscious in the bathtub and whose skin was a “greenish pale” color.

“It all happened so fast,” Daniels kept saying on the stand in the courtroom in Provo, Utah.

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Michele MacNeill can’t be called “the victim” at murder trial

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

PROVO – Just two weeks before Martin MacNeill is scheduled to stand trial for the murder of his wife, Michele, a number of motions are still in the process of being ruled on.

Monday afternoon, 4th District Judge Derek Pullan ruled on a motion filed by the defense regarding a number of statements the prosecution can and cannot make during the trial including calling Michele a victim. read more »

Judge won’t dismiss murder case against Utah doc Martin MacNeill

Posted in The MacNeill Story on March 7th, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment
Courts » Defense says prosecution withheld thousands of pages of evidence on MacNeill.

By Jessica Miller

| The Salt Lake Tribune

 First Published Mar 05 2013 05:53 pm • Last Updated Mar 06 2013 08:16 am

Provo • Prosecutors in the Utah County Attorney’s Office and attorneys for physician Martin MacNeill are trading accusations of misconduct in the murder case against the Pleasant Grove man, accused of killing his wife in 2007 so he could continue an extra-marital affair.

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Martin MacNeill’s attorneys accuse county of withholding info

Posted in The MacNeill Story on December 18th, 2012 by admin – Be the first to comment

Paige Fieldsted – Daily Herald

PROVO — Attorneys for a former Pleasant Grove doctor filed a motion Monday morning asking a judge to dismiss the murder charge against him.

Attorneys Randall Spencer and Susanne Gustin asked that the case be dismissed or that the Utah County Attorney’s Office be disqualified from prosecuting the case against Martin MacNeill. MacNeill has been charged in the 2007 death of his wife, Michele MacNeill.

In a 47-page memorandum outlining the reasons for their motion the attorneys wrote, “One of the main reasons for this motion is that the defense team has obtained ‘explosive’ information from a ‘thumb drive’ containing nearly one thousand pages of documents that were not provided to counsel after repeated requests for information from the Utah County Attorney’s Office.” read more »

A sister’s courtroom perspective and other thoughts

Posted in By Linda, The MacNeill Story on October 9th, 2012 by admin – 8 Comments

April 11, 2007 marks the beginning of this madness and the tragic end of my sister’s life. It has been a long battle to get to this courtroom. It seems inconceivable that the days have finally arrived, yet years overdue.

It has been very difficult for me to listen to a description of Michele’s final days.  I found myself having to go somewhere else in my mind to withstand the aching inside as the tragic details are unraveled.  I would hear the proceedings, but would have to, at times, take my mind back to our innocent childhood days as sisters.   I would reflect back upon some good memories I could recall like playing with our dog Daisy’s puppies, pulling wagons, riding bikes, piling on the couch with mom to watch our favorite tv shows, sucking big fresh dill pickles from the grocery store deli for a dime, getting ready for school together and so many other special times. It got me through the day to relive these warm calm happy feelings that we felt in our carefree days as children; confident that’s what Michele was feeling now. read more »

Responding officers testify in MacNeill murder case

Posted in The MacNeill Story on October 6th, 2012 by admin – Be the first to comment

October 04, 2012 1:47 pm  •  Jim Dalrymple – Daily Herald

PROVO — One of the first cops to arrive at the home of Martin MacNeill on April 11, 2007, Pleasant Grove officer Ray Ormond said he found a woman lying on a bathroom floor.

“She was bluish in color, kind of pale,” Ormond testified Thursday morning in court. “She had clothing on the upper half of her body, she was wet on the upper half of her body.”

The woman was MacNeill’s wife, Michele, who was pronounced dead later that day, despite efforts by Ormond and others to revive her. After an extensive investigation, prosecutors charged MacNeill with murder, saying he intentionally plotted Michele’s death. read more »

Murder hearing: Doctor gave extra meds to Martin MacNeill’s wife at MacNeill’s request

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Witnesses testify of day Michele MacNeill died in her Pleasant Grove home

By , Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 3 2012 6:46 p.m. MDT

PROVO — Martin MacNeill was the “stronger” personality, the “dominant” personality, the one who neighbors talked to and the one who commanded conversations with the doctors who worked with his wife, Michele, witnesses testified Wednesday.

He taught Sunday School classes. She wrote on the board for him in her beautiful calligraphy. He answered questions about her medical history for her as she deferred to him. Neighbors who often talked to Martin MacNeill, 56, said they don’t remember doing much more than exchanging casual pleasantries with his wife. read more »

Ex-lover testifies doctor made homicidal comments

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October 04, 2012 3:20 pm  •  Jim Dalrymple – Daily Herald

PROVO — Anna Walthall was going through a messy divorce in 2005 when she turned for support to the doctor working at her laser hair removal company.

“I was going through lots of life changes and didn’t have a support system,” she said. “And Martin stepped in to help me. It turned info a sexual relationship. An affair.”

Walthall was referring to Dr. Martin MacNeill, who sat across a courtroom from her, shackled and facing a murder charge for killing his wife, Michele, in 2007 after she had plastic surgery.

Years before that alleged killing, however, Walthall recalled hearing MacNeill make a series of homicidal comments. She said shortly after her relationship with MacNeill turned sexual he told her about a time that he nearly killed his mother. According to Walthall, MacNeill didn’t have a good relationship with his mother and one day saw her passed out on a couch. He responded by going around the house, collecting all the medication he could find and putting them in a beer. Then he served it to his mother. read more »

MacNeill admitted to murderous urges, former lover testifies

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 Woman testifies he admitted to homicidal urges.

By Jessica Miller

| The Salt Lake Tribune

 First Published Oct 04 2012 01:35 pm

Provo >> During “pillow talk” with Martin MacNeill, Anna Osborne Walthall said her lover on several occasions admitted to having homicidal urges throughout his life.

Walthall testified in 4th District Court Thursday that early in their affair in 2005, MacNeill — who was recently charged with killing his wife, Michele MacNeill — revealed he had tried to kill his mother when he was 8 years old.

MacNeill’s mother had been drunk, he allegedly told her, and passed out on a couch.

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Preliminary hearing starts for man accused of killing his wife

Posted in The MacNeill Story on October 4th, 2012 by admin – 1 Comment

PROVO, Utah – A prominent Utah doctor charged with his wife’s murder was back in court Wednesday. read more »

Murder hearing: Doctor gave extra meds to Martin MacNeill’s wife at MacNeill’s request

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Witnesses testify of day Michele MacNeill died in her Pleasant Grove home
By , Deseret News
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 3 2012 6:46 p.m. MDT

PROVO — Martin MacNeill was the “stronger” personality, the “dominant” personality, the one who neighbors talked to and the one who commanded conversations with the doctors who worked with his wife, Michele, witnesses testified Wednesday.

He taught Sunday School classes. She wrote on the board for him in her beautiful calligraphy. He answered questions about her medical history for her as she deferred to him. Neighbors who often talked to Martin MacNeill, 56, said they don’t remember doing much more than exchanging casual pleasantries with his wife. read more »

Nancy Grace HLNTV – Doctor charged with wife’s murder 5 years later

Posted in The MacNeill Story on October 2nd, 2012 by admin – 1 Comment

Martin MacNeill has been booked for felony murder for his wife’s death, which police have been investigating for over five years.

The arrest comes years after a coroner originally ruled his wife, Michelle, died of natural causes after drowning in her bathtub. Their daughters did not believe this, and they led the charge to have their father arrested. “He destroyed our family,” Alexis Somers told Jim Moret on Jane Velez-Mitchell.

For more on this story, tune in to Jane Velez-Mitchell weeknights at 7 p.m. ET on HLN.