Doctor accused of killing wife makes first court appearance

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PROVO — A Pleasant Grove doctor charged with murdering his wife made his first court appearance Monday in Provo.

Martin MacNeill waived a reading of the charges against him. He sat silent in courtroom, while family members of Michele MacNeill held up her picture from the second row.


Michele was found dead in a bathtub in 2007. According to court documents, prosecutors say she was given a lethal combination of drugs by her husband.

But Martin MacNeill's attorney says his client is not a killer.

"He's innocent of the charges, and we intend to vigorously defend him and believe that at the end of the day he'll be found not guilty at trial," said defense attorney Randall Spencer.

MacNeill's next court appearance will be Sept. 4.


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