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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

Woman linked to murder case given bail on probation violation

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

PROVO — Less than two weeks after her arrest, a woman convicted of identity theft and who also may be entangled in a murder investigation will have a chance to go free.

A judge ruled Tuesday afternoon that Gypsy Willis, 35, qualified for $5,000 bail. The ruling was made after defense attorney John Easton argued that the probation violations that landed Willis back in jail were extremely minor, if they were violations at all.

“This probation violation report has some of the most benign allegations I’ve seen,” Easton told the court.

Willis was arrested July 6 for allegedly not keeping her address current with probation officers and for not being honest about having a silver BMW. She was serving probation as a result of her 2011 conviction on four felonies for identity fraud, making false statements and having a wrongful lien.

The convictions stemmed from a case that also involves former Pleasant Grove doctor Martin MacNeill. According to court documents, MacNeill and Willis stole the identity of one of MacNeill’s daughters. MacNeill was convicted on federal charges for the crime, and spent three years in prison before being released on July 7.

MacNeill also is the subject of an investigation being conducted by the Utah County prosecutor’s office. The investigation aims to determine if he killed his wife in 2007, shortly after she had plastic surgery. Previous court documents have stated that MacNeill had the capacity and motive to kill his wife.

Despite the investigation, prosecutors have not said if they plan to file charges or, if they do, what those charges may be. Willis herself has not been named as a possible suspect in any potential murder.

In the meantime, however, after Willis posts bail both she and MacNeill will likely be simultaneously free for the first time in years. Willis’s next hearing is scheduled for Aug. 14 and will determine if she actually violated her probation.

Source: http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/woman-linked-to-murder-case-given-bail-on-probation-violation/article_6513d5a4-6ae5-5f13-808d-fa2fcefe905c.html

Girlfriend of Pleasant Grove man being investigated in his wife’s death released from jail

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

By Sara Lenz – Deseret News

PROVO — With disappointment, Alexis Somers and Rachel MacNeill watched as the woman they believe helped kill their mom was ordered to be released from jail during a court hearing Tuesday.

Gypsy Willis pleaded guilty in Provo’s 4th District Court to one count of identity fraud, two counts of false and inconsistent material statements and one count of wrongful lien in connection with helping steal the identity of Giselle MacNeill, the adopted daughter of her boyfriend Martin MacNeill, Somers’ and Rachel MacNeill’s father.

Willis entered into a plea deal Tuesday in which she agreed to plead guilty to all charges and to testify honestly in court if any murder charges are filed against Martin MacNeill in the future. In exchange, the Utah County Attorney’s Office has agreed not to seek additional jail time when she is sentenced at the end of next month.

Her attorney, John Easton, and prosecutor John Nielson said they agreed to recommend that Willis be given three years of probation and a no contact order with Martin MacNeill and his extended family. Many of Martin MacNeill’s children and relatives believe he killed his wife Michele in April 2007.

“We are completely horrified she’s out on the streets now,” Rachel MacNeill said after Willis’ hearing. “I’m very fearful for our family and our sisters. I’m afraid she will hurt and destroy other people as well.”

Willis, 34, just finished her 21-month federal prison sentence for aggravated identity theft this week. And Martin MacNeill, a Pleasant Grove doctor, attorney and father of eight, is currently serving a four-year federal prison sentence after pleading guilty to two counts of aiding and abetting in aggravated identity theft in August 2009. He is set to be released July 8, 2012.

Investigators say Willis and MacNeill’s relationship had been “heating up” prior to his wife’s suspicious death. Just weeks after her death, Willis moved into the MacNeill home as the nanny.

Investigators say MacNeill and Willis then began altering Willis’ identity, obtaining false military IDs, a Utah state ID card, and opening numerous bank accounts under the false name and identity. Jeff Robinson, Utah County investigator, said Willis had bad credit and the two were planning on starting a new life together.

They used the identity of his 16-year-old adopted daughter, Giselle — a daughter investigators say he had “flown to the Ukraine and left there to fend for herself” in the summer following his wife’s death. Giselle, who is from Ukraine, was planning on visiting her sister there for a short time, but federal prosecutors said there was no plan of having her return.

Before Willis signed her plea deal on Tuesday, MacNeill’s attorney, Randy Spencer, looked over it.

Easton said that he doesn’t believe murder charges would be filed against Martin MacNeill. He said he has read Willis’ interrogation with Utah County investigators and believes there are no implications his client was involved in Michele MacNeill’s death.

At one point, Somers said she had heard Willis was planning to move back into home of Somers’ mother and father after she was released, and this thought horrified her. She and her sisters still have things in the home they haven’t been able to get because it is currently in probate.

“My little sister Ada still asks, ‘When can I get my little dolls and my princess bed?’ ” said Somers, who has taken custody of three of her adopted sisters.

But the judge noted that Willis is not to go to the Pleasant Grove home where she lived with MacNeill and his children for several months in 2007.

Easton said he expects Willis will stay with family and friends and then find her own home, although he said he was not sure whether she has to stay in Utah or not, adding that with the no contact order with Martin MacNeill and his family, he sees “positive things in Gypsy’s future.”

“I think everyone should feel some satisfaction out of (the plea deal),” Easton said.

But family members of MacNeill who were in court Tuesday were clearly unhappy that Willis is out of jail. And Somers believes her dad and Willis have been in contact since being sentenced to prison.

Willis’ roommates told investigators Willis had threatened to cut the brake lines of their mom’s car or poison her before her death and even stole a picture of her from the house, according to court documents.

Prosecutors are still investigating Michele MacNeill’s death and have indicated they may file murder charges against him.

“This is not what we wanted,” Rachel MacNeill said of the court proceedings Tuesday. “We wanted Gypsy to stay in jail, and now she’s out and she’s a threat. I just want the world safe from these monsters.”

Original Article:

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700118831/Girlfriend-of-Pleasant-Grove-man-being-investigated-in-his-wifes-death-released-from-jail.html?pg=2

Gypsy Jyll Willis

Posted in By Linda, The MacNeill Story on December 3rd, 2010 by admin – 1 Comment

Gypsy Willis schemed with Martin MacNeill to steal the identity of one of his adopted daughters.  She was charged with these crimes and is also currently in prison.  On one of the altered documents that she used to obtain the false birth certificate she posed as the adoptive mother.  She has also posed as Martin’s MacNeill’s wife and they used my sister Michele’s funeral date as their actual wedding date.  Can you believe that?  She also had the nerve to use Michele’s birth date on one forged document.  How dare her! Here are the names I have seen her use:

Her real name-Gypsy Jyll Willis

AKA’s-Jillian Giselle MacNeill & Jyll Wilson

If you have any information regarding her in affiliation with Martin MacNeill please contact me.

Fraud Perpetrated by Martin MacNeill

Posted in By Linda, The MacNeill Story on December 3rd, 2010 by admin – 1 Comment

Martin MacNeill changed the date of birth on one of his adopted daughter’s birth certificate immediately following the death of my older sister, Michele “Somers” MacNeill, in 2007. His girlfriend, Gypsy Jyll Willis, used the adopted daughter’s birth certificate and social security number to pull of this premeditated crime of identity theft.  Martin planned this crime using his own adopted daughter as the victim.