Utah doctor convicted in wife's murder seeks new trial

Jan 2 2014 - 8:34am

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This Oct. 10, 2013 photo shows Martin MacNeill, appearing in Judge Sam McVey's Fourth District Court in Provo, Utah for his preliminary hearing. A defense attorney is crediting jailers with saving the life of MacNeill, a Utah doctor who tried to kill himself after he was recently convicted of leaving his heavily drugged wife to die in a bathtub to carry on an affair with another woman. MacNeill was alone in his cell when he attempted suicideThursday, Dec. 5, 2013 Because he was under close observation, jailers were able to respond quickly, MacNeill's lawyer, Randy Spencer, told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann, Pool)
This Oct. 10, 2013 photo shows Martin MacNeill, appearing in Judge Sam McVey's Fourth District Court in Provo, Utah for his preliminary hearing. A defense attorney is crediting jailers with saving the life of MacNeill, a Utah doctor who tried to kill himself after he was recently convicted of leaving his heavily drugged wife to die in a bathtub to carry on an affair with another woman. MacNeill was alone in his cell when he attempted suicideThursday, Dec. 5, 2013 Because he was under close observation, jailers were able to respond quickly, MacNeill's lawyer, Randy Spencer, told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann, Pool)

SALT LAKE CITY -- A sentencing next week for a Utah doctor found guilty of leaving his heavily drugged wife to die in a bathtub is being delayed as his lawyer fights to reverse the jury's conviction.

Randy Spencer says in court papers that cellmates who implicated Martin MacNeill lied about what the doctor allegedly told them and about what they hoped to get from their trial testimony.

Spencer says one prison pal embellished his accounts with details picked up from cable TV coverage. According to the attorney, the same inmate won an early release from a federal prison where MacNeill served time for identity theft before his arrest on a murder charge.

Another inmate who spent time with MacNeill at Utah County jail testified the doctor bragged he was getting away with murder.

Prosecutors say they're confident the conviction will stand.

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