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But the next day she called her father after missing a phone call from him during one of her classes.
"He said that your mother’s not breathing, she’s in the bathtub, I called an ambulance, and then [he] hung up," Somers testified.
Somers testified that she raced to the airport and flew home. When she entered her parents’ Pleasant Grove home, she immediately began searching for her mother’s medications. They were all missing, and the black book that she had used to log her mother’s medications also was gone. She asked her father where the medication went.
"He said, ‘I don’t know, the police might have taken it,’ " she testified.
But Eileen Heng, a former girlfriend of Martin MacNeill’s son, Damian MacNeill, testified last week that she flushed the pills down the toilet — at Martin MacNeill’s instruction.
Michele MacNeill was found unconscious in her bathtub on April 11, 2007, by her 6-year-old daughter, Ada MacNeill. The child said during an interview at the Children’s Justice Center in 2008 that she found her mother lying in the tub, fully-clothed in pants and a blue jacket. The water in the tub was brown, the girl said.
Ada said her father sent her to the neighbor’s house to get help.
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 the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
In the days after Michele MacNeill’s death, daughter Vanessa MacNeill, now 32, volunteered to nanny her four younger sisters, she said during her testimony on Wednesday.
But she said her father refused, saying everyone should get "back to their lives." Instead, she was appointed by her father to a three-person hiring committee for a nanny, along with her brother, Damian MacNeill, and Heng. But Willis was the only applicant.
Vanessa MacNeill said after the interview, she called Somers and told her she didn’t need to worry about Willis being the nanny.
"I was convinced that she wasn’t somebody to worry about, that my dad might be involved with," Vanessa MacNeill testified. "Because she was nothing like my mom."
Also Wednesday, another woman who claims to have had an affair with Martin MacNeill in 2005 was called to testify.
Anna Osborne Walthall said that Martin MacNeill — who was the medical director at a laser hair removal clinic she owned — told her during "pillow talk"that you could give someone an undetectable substance that would start a heart attack.
On cross-examination, defense attorney Randall Spencer asked about Walthall’s mental health history, including being diagnosed with dissociative identity disorder, previously known as multiple personality disorder.
Spencer also asked Walthall about "dreams" she shared with investigators about the MacNeill case.
"I was processing and sometimes I give too much information," Walthall testified.
Last year, Walthall testified at a preliminary hearing about Martin MacNeill having homicidal urges — information that was not allowed at the murder trial.
Martin MacNeill’s most recent mistress, Gypsy Willis, has testified that she met Martin MacNeill online in November 2005, and that their relationship turned sexual in January 2006.
Willis said that Martin MacNeill gave her a 4.5-carat diamond engagement ring in July 2007, worth about $7,000. Though the couple were never officially married, she said they presented themselves as husband and wife.Next Page >
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