Posts Tagged ‘Murder’

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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Lawyer: Doctor said he was glad wife was dead

Posted in The MacNeill Story on October 30th, 2013 by admin – 1 Comment

A former Utah doctor accused of hounding his wife to get a face-lift so he could kill her with a lethal combination of prescription drugs acted erratically the day she died and claimed she had wanted the surgery, prosecutors said Thursday in opening statements at the murder trial.

In addition, Martin MacNeill told fellow inmates after his arrest that his wife was a “bitch;” he was glad she was dead; and authorities couldn’t prove he killed her, prosecutor Sam Pead told jurors.

Prosecutors have said the killing was the climax of a twisted plot by MacNeill to carry on an affair with his mistress, who MacNeill invited to his wife’s funeral and asked to marry him weeks later.

The case has shocked the Mormon community of Provo, 45 miles south of Salt Lake City, and captured national attention because the defendant was a doctor.

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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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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 »

The word ‘victim’ can’t be used in MacNeill murder trial

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


Posted on: 4:37 pm, September 30, 2013, by updated on: 05:51am, October 1, 2013

PROVO — A judge has ordered prosecutors to not refer to Michele MacNeill as a “victim” in her husband’s upcoming murder trial.

 

The ruling by 4th District Court Judge Derek Pullan came at the end of a long day of arguments over motions in the high-profile murder case of Dr. Martin MacNeill. The judge granted a defense motion limiting prosecutors’ remarks in opening and closing statements, including the use of the word “victim.”

Judge Pullan also instructed prosecutors to tell police officers they are not allowed to refer to Michele MacNeill as a “victim” in their testimony, as it makes the presumption that she was murdered (the jury must determine that). read more »

Who is Martin MacNeill?

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

By HLN After Dark Staff

updated 5:18 PM EDT, Mon September 30, 2013
TO KNOW
  • Dr. Martin MacNeill is accused of drugging and drowning his wife because of an extramarital affair
  • MacNeill’s first-degree murder trial is scheduled to begin October 15
  • Watch ‘HLN After Dark’ tonight at 10 p.m. on HLN

For more on the Martin MacNeill case, watch “HLN After Dark” tonight at 10 p.m. ET on HLN.

Michele MacNeill was found dead in her family’s Pleasant Grove, Utah, home on April 11, 2007. read more »

Martin MacNeill murder case assigned to new judge

Posted in The MacNeill Story on September 4th, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment

 

Judge Samuel D. McVey speaks to Martin Joseph MacNeill and his Attorney Randall Spencer during his initial appearance Monday, Aug. 27, 2012 in Provo Utah. Scott G Winterton/Deseret News

September 04, 2013 12:25 am  •  Paige Fieldsted – Daily Herald

PROVO – The murder case against Martin MacNeill has been assigned to a new judge in the 4th District Court.

The motion to disqualify Judge McVey, along with supporting documents, is sealed and not accessible to the Daily Herald, but the motion was granted on Aug. 27 and Judge Derek Pullan was reassigned the case.

According to court documents in the case, the Rule 63(B) motion to disqualify was filed the day prior and a telephone conference with Judge McVey was held on Aug. 27. McVey referred the motion to Presiding 4th District Judge David Mortensen who made the reassignment. According to court documents, the motion was filed by the defense and the Utah County attorney’s office opposed the motion.

According to Utah Code, any party in a case can file a motion to disqualify a judge based on bias, prejudice or a conflict of interest. read more »

Judge won’t dismiss MacNeill murder case

Posted in The MacNeill Story on March 7th, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment

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 »

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 »

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 »

‘Explosive allegations’ emerge in doctor’s murder case

Posted in The MacNeill Story on December 17th, 2012 by admin – Be the first to comment

Posted on: 8:30 pm, December 17, 2012, by updated on: 10:43pm, December 17, 2012

PROVO, Utah — Defense attorneys for a Utah County doctor accused of killing his wife filed a bombshell document on Monday, accusing prosecutors of misconduct and seeking to have his case dismissed.

Dr. Martin MacNeill’s attorneys, Randy Spencer and Susanne Gustin, filed the 47-page motion in Provo’s 4th District Court, accusing the Utah County Attorney’s Office of withholding evidence they are legally entitled to. They said they discovered what was missing when a subpoena was served on a prosecution witness, who handed over a thumb drive.

According to the motion, the defense attorneys claim they found thousands of pages of information — including evidence of another potential suspect in the case, destroyed information, and one of their star witnesses being asked by prosecutors to question a child witness. read more »

Judge: MacNeill to stand trial for wife’s murder

Posted in The MacNeill Story on October 12th, 2012 by admin – Be the first to comment

Posted on: 12:01 pm, October 11, 2012, by  and 

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 »