Evidence in Martin MacNeill trial released by court officials
Provo • Evidence introduced during Martin MacNeill's four-week murder trial was made available to the media this week by court officials.
Over 13 days of testimony, prosecutors and defense attorneys submitted 66 exhibits for jurors to review. Among those exhibits were:
• Photos of the bathtub where the defendant's wife, Michele MacNeill, was found unconscious on April 11, 2007.
• A drawing by Ada MacNeill, who was 6 years old when she discovered her mother in the bathtub. The drawing shows how the young girl remembers seeing her mom on the day of her death.
• A number of medical reports for Michele MacNeill, including a toxiciology report and the original and amended autopsy reports.
• Emails exchanged between investigators and Martin MacNeill's daughters, Rachel MacNeill and Alexis Somers, who voiced their beliefs that their father killed their mother.
• The military ID application that Martin MacNeill submitted for Gypsy Willis, where he lists the couple's wedding date as April 14, 2007 the same day as Michele MacNeill's funeral.
The Tribune has posted these exhibits and others online, including certain photographs, Michele MacNeill's autopsy report and the 911 call made by Martin MacNeill on April 11, 2007, from the couple's Pleasant Grove home.
A 4th District Court jury last week convicted Martin MacNeill, 57, of first-degree felony murder and second-degree felony obstruction of justice in the death of his 50-year-old wife.
Martin MacNeill faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 7 by 4th District Judge Derek Pullan.
Prosecutors convinced a jury that Martin MacNeill a former doctor gave his wife a fatal cocktail of prescription drugs, then drowned her in a bathtub at their Pleasant Grove home.
The defendant's motive, they argued, was to continue an affair with 37-year-old Gypsy Jyll Willis.
Michele MacNeill was found unconscious in her bathtub by Ada MacNeill. The child was sent by her father to a neighbor's house to get help, and eventually Michele MacNeill was pulled from the bathtub by a neighbor and Martin MacNeill. The two attempted CPR before medical crews arrived.
Those medical crews also attempted to perform CPR and other life-saving efforts before Michele MacNeill was taken to American Fork Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
During the trial, the jury heard from a number of witnesses, including Willis, several of Martin MacNeill's daughters, and two inmates who claimed the defendant confessed the alleged murder to them.
Prosecutors weaved a narrative that focused on Martin MacNeill's bad or odd behavior including the growing seriousness of his affair with Willis; his insistence that Michele MacNeill have a face-lift, asking that extra medications be prescribed for the woman; and his over-the-top reaction to his wife's death claiming that it all added up to murder.
Martin MacNeill trial evidence:
Look at evidence admitted at trial: http://bit.ly/1863ZAv
Listen to the initial 911 call Martin MacNeill made: http://bit.ly/1fCw8R1
Listen to the call-back from 911 dispatcher: http://bit.ly/1fCweZ3