Murder sentencing date set for Martin MacNeill
Spencer said on Friday that they were "obviously disappointed" with the decision. Grunander said Tuesday that while prosecutors did not agree with the wording in parts of the ruling, he said they were "happy with the result."
The federal inmate in question testified that MacNeill confessed to him that he drugged and drowned his wife. This was the "most probative and damaging evidence" in the case, according to Pullan’s ruling, that tied together a circumstantial case.
Prosecutors said MacNeill killed his wife so he could continue an affair with another woman, Gypsy Willis.
Sentencing in Martin MacNeill’s sexual abuse conviction also has been delayed due to a defense motion.
Spencer filed a motion to dismiss the sexual abuse case against the former doctor, arguing that he was unable to effectively cross-examine victim Alexis Somers because police inadvertently lost her recorded police interview from 2007.
The sexual abuse occurred May 23, 2007, about five weeks after the death of MacNeill’s wife.
Somers testified at trial that after she woke at the home to find Martin MacNeill rubbing her buttocks, and licking and kissing one of her hands, the man said: "Oh, oh, I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I thought you were your mother."
Before the July trial, Spencer filed a similar motion to dismiss, asking for the case to be tossed because of loss of evidence. But Judge Samuel McVey denied the motion, saying that while there was some negligence in deleting Somers’ interview, it was not "gross negligence" and it was not done in "bad faith."
A new sentencing date in the sex abuse case has been set for Sept. 15.