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Mormon doctor ‘who murdered his wife moved lover into the family home just weeks later to work as his children’s nanny’

Posted in The MacNeill Story on October 12th, 2012 by admin – 1 Comment
  • Martin MacNeill, 56, ‘gave wife Michele lethal cocktail of drugs before she was found drowned in the bath at their home’ in 2007
  • Gypsy Jyll Willis ‘met him online in 2005 and started a relationship’
  • She ‘moved into a house he owned and he gave her an unlimited credit card’
  • After wife’s death, MacNeill ‘orchestrated a meeting between his daughter and Willis at a Mormon temple and pretended not to know her’

A woman who had a year-long affair with a doctor before he allegedly killed his wife has testified that he moved her into his family home just weeks after the murder to be the new nanny.

Gypsy Jyll Willis detailed the clandestine relationship as she took the stand in the fifth day of a preliminary hearing of Martin MacNeill, 56, in Provo, Utah on Wednesday.

As she left the stand, she locked eyes with MacNeill, staring adoringly at him as she walked past.

MacNeill, a former Mormon Sunday school teacher and father of seven is accused of murdering his wife Michele, who was found drowned in the bathtub at their Pleasant Grove, Utah home in 2007.

He is accused of forcing her to have a face lift before giving her a cocktail of lethal drugs, which he claimed would help her recovery. She was found dead eight days later.

Look of love: Gypsy Willis passes Martin MacNeill, a doctor accused of murdering his wife, after testifying against him on Wednesday. They had an affair for more than a year before the deathLook of love: Gypsy Willis passes Martin MacNeill, a doctor accused of murdering his wife, after testifying against him on Wednesday. They had an affair for more than a year before the death 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 »

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

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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

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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 »

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

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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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Doctor Being Charged With Killing His Wife

Posted in The MacNeill Story on August 28th, 2012 by admin – Be the first to comment

(KUTV) It’s been five years in the making, but a Pleasant Grove doctor is now suspected of killing his wife. Martin MacNeil,56, has been charged with the crime and has been booked into jail.

Investigators say MacNeil devised a scheme to make his wife’s death look like an accident. In 2007, Michele MacNeil was found dead in a bath tub.

Police say the Pleasant Grove man convinced his wife to have plastic surgery and then gave her a dangerous mix of prescription drugs. His children have long believed he had something to do with her death.

“My mom deserves this, she deserves justice,” said the victim’s daughter Alexis Somers.

Martin MacNeil’s attorney issued a statement saying MacNeil is denying the accusations.

(Copyright 2012 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)

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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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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

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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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Doc suspected in wife’s death freed on fraud case

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

A prominent Utah doctor suspected in his wife’s 2007 death was released from a federal prison in Texas late last week after serving time for fraud.

Dr. Martin MacNeill was freed Friday but remains on three years of probation as part of his sentence.

“It’s really sickening to me,” daughter Alexis Somers told The Deseret News ( http://bit.ly/MY3vT3) Monday. “I am back to this panic feeling, just really nervous knowing what he is capable of doing and now he is out.”

Somers, other family members and Utah County investigators believe MacNeill killed his wife in April 2007 then covered it up _ charges the doctor has denied. He claims he had nothing to do with his wife’s death. Telephone messages left Tuesday for two of his attorneys weren’t returned.

Michele MacNeill’s body was found in a bathtub in the couple’s Pleasant Grove home, about 35 miles south of Salt Lake City.

An autopsy indicated she died of natural causes, but a 2010 addendum to that report questioned the manner of death. Authorities now say they believe Michele MacNeill was drugged by her husband, but they haven’t been able to prove it.

Martin MacNeill has never been charged in her death.

He served time after pleading guilty to fraudulently trying to obtain military, banking and Utah identification documents for another woman.

Investigators and family members claim MacNeill had been having an affair with Gypsy Jyll Willis, the very woman who landed him in prison for fraud. When he applied for a military identification card for a woman he called his wife, he listed April 14, 2007, as their wedding day _ the very day his real wife was buried and just three days after police say he killed her.

A search warrant filed in March 2011 said MacNeill had the perfect motive _ to cover up his affair. Willis also was convicted in the fraud case involving the ID card and served a year in federal prison.

“Martin had motive to kill his wife as he was attempting to hide his affair with Gypsy Willis and his continued contact with her,” the search warrant states. “Ultimately Martin intentionally overdosed Michele with the medications.”

Michele MacNeill underwent plastic surgery on April 3, 2007 _ just eight days before her death and shortly after confronting her husband about an affair that had been going on for the last three years, the search warrant affidavit states. It further said Michele MacNeill told her daughter that her husband had her take medications throughout the night even though they made her sick. She was found the next morning unresponsive and remained in that state throughout the day.

Chief investigator Jeff Robinson wrote that the doctor had access to the drugs and “admitted overdosing her a few days prior to her death as if he was going through a practice run.”

Chad Grunander, the Utah County prosecutor assigned to the case, said although MacNeill is out of prison the homicide investigation is still ongoing. MacNeill is required to stay in Utah as terms of his probation.

Authorities say Martin MacNeill spent a lifetime spinning lies. Utah County investigators say he used falsified records to get into medical schools in Mexico and California and later, Brigham Young University.

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

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