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Michele MacNeill was eventually taken to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Prosecutors allege that Martin MacNeill killed his wife in order to continue an affair with a woman named Gypsy Willis.
The state medical examiner has never ruled Michele MacNeill’s death a homicide. After an autopsy in 2007, her manner of death was ruled "natural," the result of "chronic hypertension and myocarditis, which are capable of causing acute unexpected arrhythmia and sudden death."
But investigators say Martin MacNeill called the medical examiner multiple times and gave misleading information. In 2010, in a new investigative report, Chief Medical Examiner Todd Grey changed the cause of death to the combined effects of heart disease and drug toxicity. The manner of death was changed to "undetermined."
After Michele MacNeill’s death, Martin MacNeill told both Aguilar and Kristi Daniels that his wife died of a heart arrhythmia, both testified.
"He said that the doctor had called, and made sure the family knew that it was nobody’s fault," Kristi Daniels testified. "And it was all natural."
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