April 17, 2007: Martin asks daughter Rachel to go to Mount Timpanogos Temple with him to pray about a nanny; mistress Gypsy Willis approaches them in what Rachel called a “scripted” encounter
May 2007: Willis moves into family’s Pleasant Grove home as nanny
June 2007: Police are called as Martin kicks out daughters Rachel and Alexis from home after they said they asked why Willis didn’t cook, clean or take care of the children
Sometime in 2007: Martin changes his will to give just $1 to each of his children with everything else to go to Willis under her false identity, according to investigators
July 20, 2007: Martin and Willis obtain marriage license but never marry
July 2007: Daughter Giselle MacNeill returns to Ukraine to visit biological sister for summer; family and investigators believe Martin planned for trip to be permanent and a ploy to steal her identity
Sept. 2, 2007: Police report filed alleging Martin twice fondled sleeping daughter and said, "I thought you were your mother"; criminal charge filed, dismissed, then later refiled
September 2007: Linda Cluff writes letters to Gov. Jon Huntsman and Utah County Attorney's Office asking them to launch investigation into her sister's death
September 2007: Martin is fired from Department of Health and Human Services
November 2007: Willis brings domestic violence complaint against Martin but later recants and it is dismissed; notary says Martin dominated conversation during recanting and investigators believe he prepared document that led to the dismissal because he spelled Willis' name wrong
Summer 2008: Daughter struggling with addiction asks for help from Martin but says he offered mutual suicide as solution
January 2009: Martin indicted in federal court on nine counts of identity theft and other charges after he and Willis used his daughter Giselle’s identity to alter Willis’ identity to create fake IDs and open up bank accounts under the false name; he also deeded house to himself while acting as attorney for his dead wife
January 2009: Willis indicted on 11 similar charges
August 2009: Martin sentenced to four years in prison
September 2009: Martin pleads guilty to state forgery and fraud charges and is sentenced to three years in jail; sentence to run concurrent with federal case
September 2009: Willis sentenced to 21 months in federal prison but begins sentence a month earlier than scheduled after prosecutors said she planned to flee to Mexico
December 2009: Willis is charged in state court with fraud and other charges; she is later sentenced to three years’ probation and agrees to testify against Martin in deal with prosecutors
Jan. 16, 2010: Martin’s only son, Damian, commits suicide by overdosing on prescription drugs
October 2010: Autopsy changed Michele's cause of death to include "drug toxicity" and says Michele could not have administered medication to herself
Dec. 4, 2010: Deseret News publishes extensive report about circumstantial evidence against Martin in his wife’s death
March 2011: Willis is released from federal prison and returns to Utah
July 6, 2012: Martin is released from Texas federal prison and returns to his Pleasant Grove home
Aug. 24, 2012: Utah County Attorney’s Office charges Martin with murdering his wife in 2007
Oct. 17, 2013: Testimony begins in Martin’s murder trial in Provo
Nov. 9, 2013: After 11 hours of deliberation, jurors announce at 1 a.m. that Martin is guilty of murder and obstruction of justice for making the death appear to be accidental
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