Daughter says Martin MacNeill insisted on autopsy of mother's body, feared police investigation

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  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Oct. 29, 2013 6:28 a.m.

    "An initial autopsy by the Utah State Medical Examiner’s Office found that Michele MacNeill died of natural causes related to heart disease. An updated report by the same office in 2010 concurred but called the manner of her death suspicious and undetermined. A third examiner, who is a witness for prosecutors, found that the former California beauty queen drowned".


    Can autopsys even be trusted?

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    Oct. 25, 2013 11:19 p.m.

    This guy is a wack job, there is no doubt. But the daughters and the prosecution seem to be saying "the proof that he killed her is the fact that there is no medical evidence, which proves that he used his medical knowledge to ensure there was no medical evidence".

    An autopsy that shows that she died of "natural heart failure" cannot possibly be twisted into evidence that he killed her, can it? That makes no sense, and it makes no sense that his WANTING an autopsy should be twisted to mean he murdered his wife!

  • duckhunter854 Sequim, WA
    Oct. 25, 2013 3:21 p.m.

    The husband/wife is the almost always the FIRST suspect in almost every murder in a family situation. One study showed about 30% of murders are committed by a family member.I would do the same thing (ask for an autopsy in a suspicious death).

  • JD Jones Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 25, 2013 11:08 a.m.

    Ooops! Sorry, I mean to say, "because he feared HE would be the target......"

  • JD Jones Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 25, 2013 10:16 a.m.

    .......because he feared you would be the target of a murder investigation. @southmtnman: This fear is crucial to the understanding his wanting an autopsy.

  • southmtnman Provo, UT
    Oct. 25, 2013 5:51 a.m.

    He feared a police investigation, so he WANTED an autopsy?