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Martin MacNeill witness accused of deceitful contract work

Published July 10, 2014 11:39 am

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A man who was in the news last year for testifying during Martin MacNeill's murder trial is making headlines again — but it has nothing to do with the former doctor's case.

A "Get Gephardt" investigation that aired on KUTV earlier this week alleges that Jason Poirier took money from at least three people seeking contracting services, and then never finished the job. Two homeowners interviewed in the KUTV segment paid Poirier $6,000 to finish their basement, they said, while another traded a hand gun and motorcycle for Poirier to install a pergola.

When KUTV contacted Poirier, he responded: "We have small claims court for a reason. There's two sides to every story. Please don't contact me again."

Poirier was a former Utah County jail inmate who was incarcerated with MacNeill in mid-December 2012. According to court records, Poirier was being held at the jail on a retail theft charge.

At trial, Poirier testified that he started a conversation with MacNeill about why the former doctor wore different shoes than the rest of the inmates.

"I can get away with a lot of things," Poirier recalled Martin MacNeill saying. "I'm getting away with murdering my wife."

Poirier said when he went to give his condolences to Martin MacNeill about his wife, that MacNeill told him not to worry, adding, "I'm glad the bitch is dead."

Poirier said he later asked Martin MacNeill if he was being serious when he said he had killed Michele MacNeill.

"He said, 'Yes, I'm serious, I mean, look where I'm at,' " Poirier testified.

During cross-examination, defense attorney Randall Spencer attempted to discredit Poirier, pointing to Poirier's extensive criminal history and that Poirier hoped that informing on Martin MacNeill would help get his record expunged, but said he was only "helped a little bit."

A jury found Martin MacNeill guilty of murder and obstructing justice in the 2007 death of Michele MacNeill. A sentencing date has not been set.

Jessica Miller