Murder conviction upheld for ex-doctor Martin MacNeill

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 17, 2017 at 4:36 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Court of Appeals is upholding a murder conviction of former Utah doctor Martin MacNeill, who was found guilty of killing his former beauty queen wife.

The court said in a ruling Thursday that prosecutors failed to disclose a deal they struck with an inmate who testified during the trial, but that it would not have changed the verdict.

MacNeill argued that he was convicted on "the frailest of circumstantial evidence" and that key testimony from a former cellmate was tainted by the fact he was given a benefit in return.

The 61-year-old MacNeill was found guilty in 2013. Prosecutors say he drugged his wife, Michele, and left her to die in a bathtub in 2007 in Pleasant Grove, Utah.

He is serving at least 17 years and up to life in prison.

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