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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 »

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 »

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 »

Prosecutors hear 911 calls in MacNeill murder case

Posted in The MacNeill Story on October 4th, 2012 by admin – Be the first to comment

Jim Dalrymple – Daily Herald

PROVO — Midway through the first afternoon of Martin MacNeill’s murder hearing on Wednesday prosecutors played a recording of the 911 call he made on April 11, 2007. In the call, MacNeill can be heard screaming almost unintelligibly that his wife had “fallen in the bathtub,” was under water and “was not breathing at all.”
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Murder hearing: Doctor gave extra meds to Martin MacNeill’s wife at MacNeill’s request

Posted in The MacNeill Story on October 4th, 2012 by admin – Be the first to comment

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.

Utah doctor accused of killing wife to be tried in separate sex abuse case

Posted in The MacNeill Story on October 2nd, 2012 by admin – Be the first to comment

Courts » Utah Court Appeals says re-filed sex abuse and witness tampering charges will stand against Martin MacNeill.

By Jessica Miller

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Sep 21 2012 01:01 am • Last Updated Sep 21 2012 09:24 am

Martin MacNeill, the Pleasant Grove doctor accused of murdering his wife, can be tried on unrelated charges of sexual abuse stemming from a case that was initially dismissed in 2008, Utah Court Appeals ruled Thursday.

Utah County prosecutors filed felony charges of forcible sexual abuse and witness tampering against MacNeill in October 2007, after an adult female relative told Pleasant Grove he put his hand down her pants and asked her to sign a statement saying he did not touch her. read more »

About this ad Evidence to be presented next month against doctor charged with killing wife

Posted in The MacNeill Story on October 2nd, 2012 by admin – Be the first to comment

PROVO — Prosecutors expect to call as many as two dozen witnesses at a hearing next month to determine whether a Pleasant Grove doctor should stand trial in the death of  his wife.

“There will be a lot of evidence in this case,” assistant Utah County attorney Chad Grunander said Tuesday. “It is a complex case.”

Fourth District Judge Samuel D. McVey scheduled a five-day preliminary hearing to start Oct. 5 and then resume Oct. 9-12.

Martin MacNeill, 56, is accused of giving his wife, Michele, a dangerous combination of drugs and drowning her in the bathtub of their upscale home in April 2007. He is charged with murder and obstruction of justice.

He appeared in court Tuesday handcuffed and shackled and wearing a blue jail jumpsuit. Two of his daughters and other relatives sat on the front row but did not hold up photos of Michele MacNeill as they did during a previous court hearing. read more »

Doctor accused of murder gets preliminary hearing date

Posted in The MacNeill Story on October 2nd, 2012 by admin – Be the first to comment

Did Utah doctor’s ‘life of deception’ include murder?

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Defensve attorney says Martin MacNeill has done ‘bad things’ but he didn’t kill his wife.

Martin Joseph MacNeill’s story is one of contradictions.

At the time he was telling Veterans Affairs officials he was so debilitated by mental health issues that he could not hold a job or get an education, he was working as a doctor and also had a law degree.

The day he went to an LDS temple with his family to be bound for eternity, he was having an affair.

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Gypsy Willis sentenced to 3 years of probation

Posted in The MacNeill Story on May 24th, 2011 by admin – Be the first to comment
Gypsy Willis

That's Michele's Jacket! Unbelievable.

PROVO — A Pleasant Grove woman will spend the next three years on probation for stealing the identity of teenage girl.

Gypsy Willis, 34, was sentenced Tuesday to 36 months of probation for identity fraud and two counts of giving false and inconsistent statements, all second-degree felonies, and filing a wrongful lien, a third-degree felony. Willis pleaded guilty to the charges in March as part of a plea bargain with prosecutors.

In addition to probation, Willis also was sentenced to 180 days in jail, but was given credit for time served and will not actually have to spend additional time incarcerated. The judge also ordered her to pay fines and fees and to participate in a “cognitive restructuring” course. Prosecutor John Neilsen said that the course is designed to help those who commit crimes realize that their actions impact other people.

Yet another condition of Willis’s probation is that she not have any contact with the MacNeill family, which includes the victim as well as Willis’s former boyfriend, Pleasant Grove doctor Martin MacNeill.

According to prosecutors, Willis’s charges were the result of efforts between MacNeill and Willis to alter Willis’s identity. They reportedly tried to steal the identity of MacNeill’s then 16-year-old adopted daughter, Giselle MacNeill, shortly after the death of MacNeill’s wife, Michele, in 2007.

Willis agreed to her sentence when she entered her pleas. On Tuesday her lawyer, John Easton, pointed out that she had no criminal history other than federal charges related to the same incidents, had a low risk for re-offense, and had been compliant with the terms of her parole from federal prison.

But family members of the victim expressed alarm at Willis’s release and sentence. Linda Cluff, Giselle’s guardian, said that Giselle’s credit has been ruined by the identity theft. Cluff said that Giselle now is required to bring documents with her wherever she goes to prove she is not Willis, and has lost an apartment because of the confusion caused by the crime.

“Anywhere she goes she’s affected,” Cluff said. “It’s an ongoing struggle.”

MacNeill’s daughter Alexis Somers went further, saying that Willis’s sentence freed a woman who had colluded with her father to kill her mother.

“We feel a murderer just walked out the doors,” Somers said after Tuesday’s hearing.

Somers and other MacNeill family members have worked for years to prove that their father was behind the death of their mother. Though no murder charges have been brought against MacNeill or Willis, court documents filed last month reveal that investigators believe MacNeill had the motive and ability to kill his wife. Willis and MacNeill reportedly were having an affair before Michele MacNeill’s death, and the documents reveal that Willis expressed a desire to kill her. The documents also indicate that MacNeill may have killed his brother, as well as patients at the state Developmental Center in American Fork, where he was clinical director.

Neilsen said Tuesday that as part of Willis’s plea bargain she could be required to testify against MacNeill, should he ever face charges for the death of his wife.

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Stop Martin Stop Evil

Posted in By Linda, The MacNeill Story on March 18th, 2011 by admin – 1 Comment

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.
Albert Einstein

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I found these quotes on the subject of evil and evil people.  It made me ponder and I thought to myself, how true.  I love the insight of these brilliant men in our history.  I do know however that fear, intimidation, control and other things paralyze people at times making it so they “don’t do anything about it”  or others for whatever reason,  just “accept” it.  I have been guilty of this as well.  It could be because the person has threatened you or you may feel ashamed or scared.  Whatever the reason may be, fear, guilt, shame, etc…I believe the agony continues inside you because of this evil which is not a very happy peaceful way to live.  It needs to be stopped.  If you have any information or know something I urge you to come forth.  If for nothing else for your own peace of mind.  You can remain anonymous  if you wish.  I want you to know that sometimes  something small that you may think is nothing leads to a piece of a bigger puzzle.  Anything is appreciated.  Please respond to this blog if you know something.  We need to stop evil.  We need to break the silence.  It is hard to be brave, but in the long run it will set you free.

Thank-you, Linda

Are you a Victim from Utah State Developmental Center?

Posted in By Linda, The MacNeill Story on March 18th, 2011 by admin – Be the first to comment

Martin MacNeill was the former director of the Utah State Developmental Center.  He had the opportunity to abuse so many for years at this facility.  I believe Martin did so.  I believe there are victims out there that have not come forward.  He also had access not only to victims, but to medication.  His stage there made his abilities to harm others limitless.  If you were a victim in anyway or know of someone who was please speak up by responding to this blog.  I am trying to find as much information out on behalf on my sister Michele and others as well who may have fallen prey to Martin MacNeill-Linda.