Doctor Convicted Of Drugging, Drowning Wife

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Saturday morning, a jury of eight found former Utah doctor Martin MacNeill guilty of first-degree murder and obstruction of justice in the death of his wife.

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MacNeill could spend the rest of his life in prison for his convictions. He faces 15 years to life in prison for murder, and he could be sentenced to up to 15 years for obstruction of justice.

Judge Derek Pullan scheduled MacNeill’s sentencing for January 7.

During closing arguments in MacNeill’s murder trial Friday morning, prosecutor Chad Grunander pleaded with jurors to return a guilty verdict on both counts.

Read more: A timeline of the MacNeill case

“Martin MacNeill murdered his wife Michele. Her death was not the result of an accident, and it certainly was not the result of a heart condition,” Grunander said. “The defendant carried out a cold and calculated plan to murder his wife. He relied on his knowledge and experience as a doctor and also as a lawyer to accomplish this.”

Prosecutors accused Martin MacNeill of drugging then drowning his wife, Michele MacNeill, in the bathtub of their family’s home on April 11, 2007, in order to continue a relationship with his alleged mistress, Gypsy Willis. Michele MacNeill was recovering from face-lift surgery at the time of her death.

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