Utah County doctor killed wife with deadly combination of drugs, new warrant states
"Martin told (the paramedic) that his wife had overdosed on medication and that was the cause of her death. … Martin further related that he had only left Michele for about 10 minutes and upon his return, found her totally submerged in the tub full of water," the new affidavit states.
Investigators say this was "in direct conflict with how Ada reported finding her mother. Also, Michele was not taking a lot of drugs at that time as Martin reported."
The Utah County Attorney's Office asked two doctors with expertise in toxicology to review Michele MacNeill's initial autopsy report. They found that the drugs that were in her system at the time of her death "would have made Michele unresponsive and unable to protect herself in the event of a threat" and "could have stopped her heart because of the additive effect of each of these drugs taken together."
Her daughter, Alexis Somers, told investigators that her mother was very sensitive to drugs and would not have taken all of these drugs "under her own volition," even if her husband had asked her to take them all, the affidavit states.
"These drugs could only have been ingested if given to her surreptitiously," investigators wrote. "Martin had motive to kill his wife as he was attempting to hide his affair with Gypsy Willis and his continued contact with her. … Ultimately, Martin intentionally overdosed Michele with the medications that Dr. Grey determined played a vital role in causing her death."
The new warrant also states that on the night of Michele MacNeill's death, her husband told one of his daughters that he "needed to get the autopsy completed so that he would not be implicated in Michele's death." Robinson wrote that it was "an odd remark from someone who should have been grieving — not worrying about being implicated in her death."
The investigators also listed on the affidavit eight different emails Willis and MacNeill used in communicating back and forth during the time they were dating and investigators "believe they may contain vital information involving the death of Michele." It is unknown if investigators were able to retrieve any contents of the emails.
Both Martin MacNeill and Willis were convicted of fraud charges after stealing the identity of one of his adopted daughters in an attempt to start a new life together. Willis was released from jail after pleading guilty to a separate identity fraud charge in Provo's 4th District Court last month. She served an 21-month prison sentence for federal charges related to the case. She will be sentenced next month on the state charge. Attorneys say she will get three years of probation with no additional jail time.
As part of her plea deal, she is expected to testify against Martin MacNeill if murder charges are filed against him.
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