January 2nd, 2014
09:39 AM ET

'Duck' Star: Choose 16-Year-Old Wife

"Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson is ruffling feathers again, this time for comments he made years ago about how girls should marry when they're still teenagers.

"They got to where they're getting hard to find, mainly because these boys are waiting 'til they get to be about 20 years old before they marry 'em," Robertson says in a video clip that resurfaced Monday. "Look, you wait 'til they get to be 20 years old, the only picking that's going to take place is your pocket. You got to marry these girls when they are about 15 or 16. They'll pick your ducks."

In the video, Robertson is recounting an anecdote at a speaking engagement. He describes the story as "river rat counseling" he was giving to a "boy" of unknown age and - referring specifically to marrying teenage girls - also advises the crowd to "check with Mom and Dad about that, of course." Robertson is four years older than his wife, Kay, whom he married when she was 16 years old, according to A&E's website.

The reality show patriarch was speaking at a Georgia Sportsmen Ministry event when he recounted this advice, according to the video's description. The clip was originally posted in 2009 by YouTube user wakemakerducks, which is also the name of Robertson's company. It was posted again to YouTube on Monday.

In the newly resurfaced footage, Robertson also lists other qualities he advised the boy to look for in a future wife.

"Make sure that she can cook a meal. You need to eat some meals that she cooks, check that out. Make sure she carries her Bible. That'll save you a lot of trouble down the road," he said.

The resurfaced footage comes on the heels of controversy caused by comments regarding homosexuality that Robertson, 67, made to GQ magazine this month.

"It seems like, to me, a vagina - as a man - would be more desirable than a man's anus," Robertson told GQ when opening up about topics he said he couldn't discuss on the show. "That's just me. I'm just thinking: There's more there! She's got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I'm saying? But hey, sin: It's not logical, my man. It's just not logical."

Robertson went on to explain to the magazine how he thinks that the line between right and wrong has been blurred and that "sin becomes fine." He then expanded on what, in his opinion, is "sinful."

"Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there," he said. "Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men."

A&E quickly suspended Robertson from filming future episodes of the hit show after he made those comments. Nine days later, the network reversed its decision.

HLN has reached out to the "Duck Dynasty" family for comment but has yet to hear back.

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November 4th, 2013
10:18 AM ET

MacNeill Trial: Week 3 Recap + 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 the third week of his trial, CNN's Ted Rowlands reports.

Prosecutors in the Martin MacNeill murder trial spent the third week of testimony trying to show the former Utah doctor had a motive to kill his wife who was drowned in the bathtub, according to their medical experts.

MacNeill has pleaded not guilty to murder and obstruction of justice charges in his wife's death. His defense attorneys say investigators were so intent on pointing the finger at MacNeill that they overlooked the simple fact that his wife, Michele, died from natural causes.

Prosecutors say Martin MacNeill was motivated to kill his wife to continue his affair with a woman named Gypsy Willis. Willis took the stand last Friday and again briefly on Tuesday. She couldn’t recall many details from the day MacNeill proposed, saying, “The relationship has been over a very long time.” Her mother, however, seemed to remember the day well.

Four inmates who served time with Martin MacNeill are expected to take the stand during the fourth week of trial. These former cellmates, who will be identified by numbers and not names, say MacNeill told them he killed his wife and that he didn't think law enforcement would be able to prove it.

Prosecutors have also said they intend to call Jeff Robinson, the lead investigator in the case. It is likely the prosecution will rest its case after Robinson testifies.

Court is dark on Mondays so testimony is scheduled to resume Tuesday morning. The jury who will decide Martin MacNeill's fate is comprised of six men and five women, which includes three alternates. MacNeill faces life in prison if convicted.

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Witness: Macneill Told Me He Never Loved His Wife
October 30th, 2013
11:34 AM ET

Witness: Macneill Told Me He Never Loved His Wife

Former Utah doctor Martin MacNeill made a startling confession about his love for his wife after popping the question to his mistress Gypsy Willis in July 2007, according to his Willis' mother, who testified in MacNeill's murder trial Tuesday, CNN's Ted Rowlands reports.

"He said to me that he had never loved Michele. And then he amended that to say, ‘Well I did, I loved her as a sister but I did not love her the way I love Gypsy,'" Vicki Willis testified.

Martin MacNeill’s wife, Michele, was found lifeless in the family's bathtub on April 11, 2007. MacNeill has pleaded not guilty in her death and his attorneys say she died of natural causes.

Tuesday marked the seventh day of testimony in MacNeill’s murder trial in Provo, Utah. Jurors also heard from MacNeill’s youngest daughter, Ada. She did not take the stand, but an interview she gave in 2008 was played for the jury.

CNN Legal Analyst Danny Cevallos says the jury is hearing details from these witnesses that may skew them against the doctor.

Cevallos tells CNN's Chris Cuomo, "this doctor’s character has gotten to such a creepiness level that I think the jury may allow that to spill into the prosecution’s case in chief, which is proving that a death was caused by criminality.”

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October 25th, 2013
11:28 AM ET

Through Tears, Daughter Testifies Against MacNeill

Former Utah doctor Martin MacNeill had to face his oldest daughter Thursday as she cried and visibly trembled for much of her testimony against him, the man she said she once called her best friend, CNN's Miguel Marquez reports.

Rachel MacNeill told jurors that her father moved his mistress into the family’s home within two weeks of her mother’s funeral. She also said that, in the hours after her mother, Michele MacNeill, died, her father was adamant about showing her how he found the body.

“He said that my mother was under the water. He said that her head – that she was under the water, feet sticking out,” Rachel MacNeill said, stepping down from the witness stand and hunching over the bathtub prosecutors had hauled in the Provo, Utah, courtroom. It’s not the actual tub from the family’s home that Michele MacNeill was found in, but it's the same make and model.

Legal Analyst Danny Cevallos and HLN's Vinnie Politan weigh in on the testimony.

Politan says the prosecution needs the jury to hear this type of emotion from the family saying, “It’s going to be a challenge here for prosecutors right, because they don’t have the science in this case so they need these witnesses to be powerful and persuasive.”

On cross-examination, defense attorney Susanne Gustin pulled out a medical record stating that Rachel MacNeill suffered from "delusions and psychosis" in August 2012, and when questioned, MacNeill admitted she has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

The way Rachel MacNeill said her father described the position of her mother's body in the tub conflicts with the testimony of other witnesses. Several neighbors who saw Michele MacNeill the morning of her death said she was on her back and slumped down inside the tub, not slumped over the side with her head under water in the manner Rachel MacNeill said her father depicted.

Martin MacNeill has pleaded not guilty to murder and obstruction of justice in the death of his wife, who had a powerful cocktail of drugs in her system on April 11, 2007, following face-lift surgery. His attorneys say Michele MacNeill died of natural causes, but prosecutors accuse Martin MacNeill of murdering her in order to be with his mistress, Gypsy Willis.

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