Martin MacNeill's mental competency deteriorating in jail, attorney argues

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  • IH82BL8 Brigham CIty, UT
    Jan. 24, 2014 8:41 a.m.

    Look at the Man again, he is faking, or causing this to happen on purpose. He looks like a man that has lost weight and grew a beard.
    The bright lights you talk about, is just a flashlight, you make it sound like it's a spotlight with 1 billion candle power.
    Give me a break people, this guy killed his Wife for the Money, and for the other woman/Mistress/Nanny.
    I think they should sentence him ASAP with Life without the possibility of parol, and throw away the Key.

    Inaddition, to the Family of Michele MacNeill, I am so sorry for your Loss and the devastation your Mom's Husband has put you through. I know that you will be with your Mom again, and She is looking over you Now.

  • Ann Blake Tracy Logandale, NV
    Jan. 24, 2014 7:17 a.m.

    Look at the man! This is not someone who is faking. He is clearly in terrible shape both mentally and physically. You can see it.

    The sleep deprivation brought on by the bright lights alone is enough to make someone not only go psychotic, but one night without sleep can affect one so adversely physically that it can throw someone into a diabetic swing.

    The only prison I am aware of that has almost zero recidivism is private and run by Seventh Day Adventists where they treat the prisoners with kindness and feed them nutritious meals. Of course when you are aware of the research indicating that 80% of those in prison for violent crime are hypoglycemic that type of success rate would only make sense with such a program.

    This family needs answers and the revelation about Dr. MacNeill's long history of Bipolar and Schizophrenia, which I would assume he was 'treated' for both, should give everyone the answers they seek. Since antidepressants are all too often standard treatment, check a package insert for adverse reactions to an antidepressant and you will find everyone of Martin MacNiell's actions over the years listed as a side effects.

  • lledwards38 Canandaigua, NY
    Jan. 24, 2014 6:42 a.m.

    I don't recall hearing anything about schizophrenia or bipolar disease during the trial. It's very unlike that a man with these purported conditions would have succeeded in medical school, or in the practice of medicine. His colleagues would have noticed his instability long before he engaged in adulterous relationships or killed his wife.

    Sorry Mr. Attorney, your feeble attempts at gaining our sympathy are not convincing.

  • Mom of 8 Hyrum, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 8:13 p.m.

    And yet, I still don't feel any sympathy for the man.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 7:02 p.m.

    There is justice, and there is "gaming the system."

    Convicted killer MacNeill has shown a real knack for cleverly calculating all his options and acting accordingly to cover his acts-- as he did when he killed his wife. Why are we surprised when this very intelligent killer suddenly acts in ways that are favorable to his interests now?

    I wonder who is paying for the attorney who keeps coming up with all the innovative "delay of game" maneuvers? Wait, I think I know the answer....

  • Johnny Moser Thayne, WY
    Jan. 23, 2014 5:31 p.m.

    No one said prison was supposed to be easy. It surprised no one that the prison system takes extra precautions to keep him from harming himself and that those precautions don't add to his comfort. When he proves that he is not a danger to himself he may get some comforts and privileges back.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 4:42 p.m.

    He's lost a lot of his options. Mental is the only one left in his bag of tricks to beat this conviction. It will be interesting to see if he can pull it off!

  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 3:20 p.m.

    I don't buy it. 3 months ago you was executing his master plan with a smile on his face.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    Jan. 23, 2014 2:32 p.m.

    I wonder if his wife's mental competency deteriorated after he killed her?