Judge opens doctor’s Provo murder trial to TV coverage

Sep 30 2013 - 12:58pm

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Dr. Martin MacNeill, a Utah doctor who prosecutors say "led a life filled with contradictions, deception and manipulation," was formally charged Monday in his wife's death five years ago. (AP photo)
Dr. Martin MacNeill, a Utah doctor who prosecutors say "led a life filled with contradictions, deception and manipulation," was formally charged Monday in his wife's death five years ago. (AP photo)

PROVO -- A judge is opening the trial of a Utah doctor charged in the murder of his wife to television coverage.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports it could be Utah's first televised trial since cameras were welcomed April 1 in the state courts.

The trial of Dr. Martin MacNeill is scheduled to start Oct. 15 for five weeks. Court officials say the cable network "In Session" has expressed an interest in covering it.

Prosecutors opposed televised coverage by arguing it could endanger two inmates who plan to testify MacNeill incriminated himself in jail.

The judge said he will prohibit any video or photography of the inmates but not audio of their testimony.

MacNeill's wife was found dead in 2007 in a bathtub at the couple's Pleasant Grove home.

 

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