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Prescription for murder? MacNeill trial begins – HLN live blog

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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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Testimony resumes in Martin MacNeill murder trial

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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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Testimony begins in murder trial of Martin MacNeill

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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

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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

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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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Judge won’t dismiss MacNeill murder case

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March 06, 2013 12:25 am  •  Paige Fieldsted – Daily Herald

PROVO – Tuesday should have marked the beginning of a six-week murder trial in the Martin MacNeill case, but instead attorneys are still hashing out issues of evidence and alleged misconduct by both parties.

In December MacNeill’s defense attorneys filed a motion to dismiss or disqualify the Utah County Attorney’s Office from prosecuting the case. On Tuesday morning the two sides met to argue the state’s motion to strike that motion.

Prosecutor Sam Pead argued that the defense didn’t provide grounds for dismissal in its original motion. Pead also argued that the defense brought forth a number of issues that weren’t addressed in the original motion, which shouldn’t be considered by the judge when he makes his decision. read more »

Judge declines to dismiss Martin MacNeill murder case, but will consider disqualifying prosecutors

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By , Deseret News
Published: Tuesday, March 5 2013 5:28 p.m. MST

PROVO — A judge on Tuesday threw out a motion to dismiss the murder case against a Pleasant Grove doctor accused of killing his wife.

But 4th District Judge Samuel McVey will let attorneys for Martin MacNeill, 57, pursue an alternative course in seeking to have the Utah County Attorney’s Office disqualified from prosecuting him.

“I believe the defense should be able to present their case,” the judge said Tuesday, noting that he will ask defense attorneys to give a specific list of issues they want to explore. “I want to make sure this doesn’t turn into a fishing expedition.” read more »

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

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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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Attorneys for Martin MacNeill want his murder charge thrown out

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By , Deseret News
Published: Monday, Dec. 17 2012 1:20 p.m. MST

ROVO — Attorneys for a Pleasant Grove doctor charged with murdering his wife filed a motion Monday to dismiss the case.

In the motion, attorneys for Martin MacNeill ask for either a dismissal of the charges against their client or the disqualification of the Utah County Attorney’s Office from prosecuting the case. They allege that prosecutors and investigators with the Utah County Attorney’s Office kept them from more than 1,000 pages of information — some of it “explosive” — that they believe points to their client’s innocence.

MacNeill, 56, has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, a first-degree felony, and obstruction of justice, a second-degree felony, in the April 11, 2007, death of his wife, Michele MacNeill, 50. He was ordered to stand trial following a preliminary hearing in October. A five-week trial is scheduled to begin March 5, 2013.

MacNeill’s attorneys argue that the case has been “irreparably compromised” because of evidence they say they asked for and never received, including information about the MacNeills’ son, Damian. read more »

Judge: MacNeill to stand trial for wife’s murder

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PROVO, Utah – A Utah County doctor will stand trial for allegedly killing his wife in 2007.

The decision was made Thursday during Dr. Martin MacNeill’s preliminary hearing. read more »

Pleasant Grove doctor going to trial on murder charge

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JIM DALRYMPLE – DAILY HERALD

PROVO — After nearly two hours of argument Thursday morning, Judge Samuel McVey walked into a Provo courtroom and ordered Martin MacNeill to stand trial for murder.

MacNeill, who was shackled and sitting across the room in a jail jumpsuit, cocked his head slightly to the left but otherwise showed no emotion as the judge read the ruling.

The decision means a jury likely will hear the evidence that in August led prosecutors to charge MacNeill with first-degree felony murder and second-degree felony obstruction of justice. The charges stem from allegations that MacNeill killed his wife, Michele, in 2007 a week after pushing her to have plastic surgery.

After delivering his ruling Thursday, McVey provided a lengthy explanation of the case as it had been argued over nearly two weeks of testimony. Among other things, the explanation detailed how MacNeill, a doctor, was having an affair with Gypsy Willis at the time of Michele’s death. McVey went on to single out testimony by Willis and another of MacNeill’s former mistresses as being “inherently incredible.” read more »

Martin MacNeill’s actions showed ‘evidence of a guilty mind,’ judge says

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Pleasant Grove doctor ordered to stand trial for murder in wife’s 2007 death

By , Deseret News - Published: Thursday, Oct. 11 2012

PROVO — After five full days of testimony and a morning of arguments, a judge declared that much of what Martin MacNeill did surrounding his wife’s death showed “evidence of a guilty mind.”

Although the case is largely circumstantial, the judge said a variety of MacNeill’s unusual actions created valid suspicion, such as the way MacNeill offered an emergency room doctor $10,000 to keep working on his clearly dead wife, and how the description of his wife’s body in the bathtub contradicted nearly everyone else who saw her. read more »

Murder case: Woman testifies of affair with Martin MacNeill before, after his wife’s death

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By , Deseret News
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 10 2012 7:43 p.m. MDT

PROVO — Giving calm, direct, matter-of-fact answers, the woman who had an affair with a Utah doctor accused of killing his wife, took the witness stand Wednesday.

Gypsy Jyll Willis, who also went by Gypsy Jyllian MacNeill at one point, testified on the fifth day of a preliminary hearing ofMartin MacNeill, 56, who is charged with murder and obstructing justice in the April 2007 death of his wife, 50-year-old Michele MacNeill.

Prosecutors contend MacNeill killed his wife in order to be with Willis. Within weeks of his wife’s death, Willis moved into the MacNeill house as the children’s new nanny.

But Willis said that when she and MacNeill started seeing each other, there was no intention of a long-term relationship. read more »

Murder suspect’s wife had depressant drugs in her system at death

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Martin MacNeill accused of killing wife to continue affair with another woman.

By Jessica Miller | The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published Oct 09 2012 01:08 pm

“cocktail” of drugs that would have caused loss of consciousness, respiratory depression and coma, according to an expert who testified Tuesday during a preliminary hearing in 4th District Court.

Four drugs were found in Michele MacNeill’s blood after her death in April 2007: oxycodone, promethazine, diazepam and zolpidem, which is also known as Ambien.

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Witnesses testify about death scene, drugs at MacNeill hearing

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October 10, 2012 12:25 am  •  Jim Dalrymple – Daily Herald

PROVO – Steve Mickelson had worked with Martin MacNeill for seven years when he received a call on April 11 saying there was a problem.

“I had just received a call from Martin,” Mickelson testified Tuesday in court. “Something’s wrong at Martin’s home, and can you come over.”

Mickelson said when he arrived at the home he saw MacNeill’s wife, Michele, on the floor receiving CPR. Mickelson also testified that Michele wasn’t wearing any clothes and that a nearby bathtub was empty.

Michele never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead later that day. Mickelson’s testimony was part of MacNeill’s preliminary hearing, during which prosecutors are attempting to prove they have sufficient evidence to charge him with murder for her death. The hearing began last week and has included testimony from various experts, law enforcement officers and MacNeill family members. read more »