October 23rd, 2013
07:07 AM ET

MacNeill Trial: What You Missed And What's Ahead

Prosecutors say Martin MacNeill was having an affair when he drugged and drowned his wife, Michele, in 2007. He has pleaded not guilty to her murder. Get caught up on what you missed from week one of his trial.

Prosecutors dragged a bathtub into court for the first days of their case against Martin MacNeill and questioned whether the Utah doctor actually tried saving his wife after pulling her lifeless body onto the bathroom floor.

Martin MacNeill is accused of drugging his wife with a powerful cocktail of prescriptions and then drowning her as she recovered from face-lift surgery in 2007.

MacNeill, who has pleaded not guilty, could face life in prison if convicted. His defense attorneys say investigators were so intent on pointing the finger at MacNeill that they overlooked the simple fact that his wife died from natural causes.

In the days ahead, jurors may hear from the couple's daughter, Alexis, who now goes by her mother's maiden name, Somers. She was a medical student at the time of her mother's death and was by her mother's side during her recovery. Somers is expected to testify about her suspicions surrounding her father's behavior. She may also tell jurors that it was her father who pushed her mother to have the surgery.

Anna Osborne Walthall, a woman who claims to have been Martin MacNeill's lover for several months in 2005, is also expected to take the stand at some point. She claims MacNeill told her about how to administer heart-stopping drugs that can go undetected.

There's also MacNeill's alleged mistress, Gypsy Willis, who could be thrown in the mix. Prosecutors say the doctor and Willis were having an affair and she's the reason MacNeill was moved to kill his wife. The pair was convicted of fraud charges in 2009 after using the personal information from one of MacNeill's adopted daughters to create a new identity for Gypsy as "Jillian." MacNeill listed "Jillian" as his wife on at least one document, with their marriage date the same day as his late wife's funeral.

MacNeill's trial is expected to take place over five weeks. The jury who will decide his fate is comprised of six men and five women, which includes three alternates.

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