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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 »

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

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

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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

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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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Daughter, sister say charges confirm suspicions that doctor killed wife

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

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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Doctor subject of murder investigation after release from prison

Posted in The MacNeill Story on July 19th, 2012 by admin – Be the first to comment

A former Pleasant Grove physician finished up a federal prison sentence earlier this month but remains the subject of a murder investigation.

Martin MacNeill was released from prison July 6, where he spent the last three years serving a three-year sentence for aggravated identity theft and aiding and abetting. MacNeill pleaded guilty to the charges in June 2009. According to court documents, MacNeill was charged after he stole his daughter’s identity while she was in Ukraine.

MacNeill was formerly a clinical director of the Utah State Developmental Center in American Fork.

But while MacNeill’s release from prison essentially wraps up his federal case, he may still face state charges for killing his wife. Prosecutor Tim Taylor confirmed Thursday that MacNeill is the subject of an investigation, though authorities have not yet determined how to proceed or if any charges will be filed.

“When we look at this case there appears to be a lot of evidence that is very suspicious,” Taylor said. “But what we think is suspicious and what we can prove are two different things.”

The investigation stems from allegations that MacNeill killed his wife Michele shortly after she had plastic surgery in 2007. According to court documents filed in March 2011, MacNeill may have killed Michele with a lethal cocktail of drugs because he wanted to conceal an affair with Gypsy Willis. The documents also state that MacNeill said he wanted to kill one of his daughters, admitted to killing his brother and making it look like suicide and bragged about killing his patients. The admissions were allegedly made to a past mistress, who reportedly told her psychiatrist that she was having an affair with a serial killer.

The documents conclude that MacNeill had the “opportunity, the motive, the psychological disposition and the capability” to kill his wife.

In a previous interview, MacNeill’s daughter, Alexis Somers, expressed certainty that her father was behind her mother’s death.

Though Taylor confirmed that the investigation is ongoing, he did not provide additional details about recent developments. He also said prosecutors don’t currently have a time line for when they might file charges. Instead, he said, any charges will be filed if and when investigators gather enough evidence to prevail in court. Taylor added that MacNeill’s release from federal prison does not change prosecutors’ approach to the case.

Though MacNeill is currently free, Willis is back behind bars. In 2009, Willis was charged in Utah with four felonies for identity fraud, making false statements and having a wrongful lien. She pleaded guilty to the charges in March 2011 and was sentenced to probation.

However, on July 11 Willis was re-arrested for violating her probation. Court documents reveal that Willis violated her probation by not actually residing at her registered address in Clearfield, and by not being honest about her silver BMW. The car reportedly was given to her by MacNeill and she never registered it in her name because she owes back taxes, the documents add.

The documents recommend that Willis’s probation be restarted. Her next court date is scheduled for July 17.

Source: http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/doctor-subject-of-murder-investigation-after-release-from-prison/article_b708298d-3fa5-5b7f-beab-0d958a42b600.html

Daughter in Fear After Father’s Prison Release

Posted in The MacNeill Story on July 13th, 2012 by admin – Be the first to comment


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ABC News Alexis SomersBy ANTHONY CASTELLANO

July 12, 2012

A prominent Utah doctor suspected in his wife’s 2007 death was released from a federal prison in Texas last week after serving three years for fraud and now his daughter fears for her life after she said he killed her mother.

Martin MacNeill, doctor and former Mormon Sunday school teacher, was released from prison on Friday and returned to his Utah home where his wife, Michele MacNeill, was found dead in the bathroom.

“It’s horrifying knowing that he’s out. Knowing that he’s walking around free,” said MacNeill’s daughter, Alexis Somers.

Somers vividly recalls the day her father called to inform her of the terrible news.

“When my father called I knew he killed her,” said Somers. “I just started screaming he killed her. I knew it.”

Now that MacNeill is free and still uncharged in his wife’s death, Somersbelieves he’s getting away with murder. Somers says her father has lived a life of lies: extramarital affairs, falsifying documents to get into medical schools and serving less than two years in the U.S. Army before being discharged because of a psychiatric disorder.

Somers discovered that over the next three decades, MacNeill was able to collect more than $100,000 in disability payments from the Veteran’s Administration.

A search warrant filed last year lays out the seemingly perfect motive: MacNeill’s alleged affair with Gypsy Willis, who moved into the family’s home as a “nanny” two weeks after Michele’s death. The warrant also states that MacNeill “intentionally overdosed” his wife after she had plastic surgery because she approached him about the alleged affair.

MacNeill’s autopsy initially concluded that she died of natural causes. Later, investigators changed it to “Undetermined,” saying new information raised “suspicion.” It raised the possibility that the combination of drugs in her body could have killed her and she may have been forced to take them.

“A few days before her death, I was helping her wash her hair and she turned to me and said, ‘Alex if anything happened to me make sure it was not your father,’” said Somers.

As long as her father is a free man, Somers says she will live in constant fear. “They have all the evidence …they have everything they need. They need to do the next step… the indictment.”

MacNeill’s attorney told a Utah paper that his client adamantly denies he did anything to hurt his wife.

In 2009, while facing the federal fraud charges, he pleaded guilty to three felonies for lying to investigators.

MacNeill served time after pleading guilty to fraudulently trying to obtain military, banking and Utah identification documents for another woman, who turned out to be Willis, the woman Somers and investigators say he was having an affair with.

When MacNeill applied for the military identification with Willis, he listed April 14, 2007, as their wedding day – the day his real wife was buried and just three days after police allege he killed her.

“He’s had time to plan his next move and I am very fearful of him and my younger sisters are very scared,” said Somers.

Source: ABC NEWS

Search warrant details possible murder case against Pleasant Grove doctor

Posted in The MacNeill Story on April 30th, 2011 by admin – Be the first to comment

PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 News) – An affidavit filed by investigators along with their request for search warrant provides the first official glimpse into the case of the death of Michele MacNeill. Read Full Story on ABC 4

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Utah County doctor killed wife with deadly combination of drugs, new warrant states

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PLEASANT GROVE — Utah County investigators believe a prominent Pleasant Grove doctor and attorney killed his wife by administering a deadly combination of drugs days after she had surgery, a new search warrant states. Read Full Story

Search warrant seeks more clues in Utah County homicide investigation

Posted in The MacNeill Story on April 30th, 2011 by admin – Be the first to comment

While recovering from plastic surgery three years ago, Michele MacNeill worried that her husband, Martin MacNeill, was giving her too many painkillers and other prescription drugs

“If something happens to me,” she told her daughter Alexis Somers, “make sure it wasn’t your dad.”

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Warrant reveals PG doctor suspected of murder

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Warrant reveals PG doctor suspected of murder

PROVO — Officials now believe a Pleasant Grove physician may have killed his wife, and have also uncovered evidence that he claimed to have killed other… Read Article on The Daily Herald.

Investigators suspect Pleasant Grove doctor killed wife

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PLEASANT GROVE — New information has led authorities to reopen an investigation into the death of a Utah woman and a search warrant shows authorities suspect her husband, a once-prominent doctor and lawyer, gave her a lethal combination of drugs days after she underwent surgery. Read Full Article on The Daily Herald.