As SLC doctor's murder trial wraps up, state calls cellmates to stand

Nov 5 2013 - 8:30am

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 In this Nov. 1, 2013, file photo, Pleasant Grove physician Martin MacNeill speaking with his defense lawyer Randy Spencer, during his murder trial in Provo, Utah. Utah prosecution are trying to persuade jurors in Provo that MacNeill knocked out his wife with painkillers and other drugs after insisting that she get a face-lift, then left her to die in a bathtub in 2007. The death of Michele MacNeill, who raised eight children, shocked the Mormon community of Pleasant Grove, about 35 miles south of Salt Lake City. MacNeill was a doctor and a lawyer and had been a bishop in his congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann, Pool, File )
 In this Aug. 27, 2012 file photo, family members hold up photos of Michele MacNeill facing Martin MacNeill as he enters the court room in Provo, Utah. Utah prosecution are trying to persuade jurors in Provo that MacNeill knocked out his wife with painkillers and other drugs after insisting that she get a face-lift, then left her to die in a bathtub in 2007. The death of Michele MacNeill, who raised eight children, shocked the Mormon community of Pleasant Grove, about 35 miles south of Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Scott G Winterton, Pool, File)
 In this Nov. 1, 2013, file photo, Pleasant Grove physician Martin MacNeill speaking with his defense lawyer Randy Spencer, during his murder trial in Provo, Utah. Utah prosecution are trying to persuade jurors in Provo that MacNeill knocked out his wife with painkillers and other drugs after insisting that she get a face-lift, then left her to die in a bathtub in 2007. The death of Michele MacNeill, who raised eight children, shocked the Mormon community of Pleasant Grove, about 35 miles south of Salt Lake City. MacNeill was a doctor and a lawyer and had been a bishop in his congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann, Pool, File )
 In this Aug. 27, 2012 file photo, family members hold up photos of Michele MacNeill facing Martin MacNeill as he enters the court room in Provo, Utah. Utah prosecution are trying to persuade jurors in Provo that MacNeill knocked out his wife with painkillers and other drugs after insisting that she get a face-lift, then left her to die in a bathtub in 2007. The death of Michele MacNeill, who raised eight children, shocked the Mormon community of Pleasant Grove, about 35 miles south of Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Scott G Winterton, Pool, File)

PROVO -- Prosecutors will wrap up their case Tuesday in the murder trial of a Utah doctor charged in his wife's death.

The state is calling a pair of investigators and a cast of Martin MacNeill's former cellmates as its final witnesses.

MacNeill was in federal prison on fraud charges when prosecutors say he told inmates his wife was a "bitch" and that he was glad she was dead. They also say MacNeill boasted that authorities couldn't prove he killed her.

Defense lawyers say the inmates never heard the 57-year-old MacNeill actually confess.

Prosecutors are trying to persuade jurors that MacNeill knocked out his wife with painkillers and other drugs after insisting that she get a face-lift, then left her to die in a bathtub in 2007.

 

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