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Jury selection to begin in Martin MacNeill trial

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  • Did Utah doctor use medical know-how to kill wife?
  • MacNeill is accused of drugging and killing his wife because of an extramarital affair
Jury selection to begin in Martin MacNeill trial

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Jury selection gets under way Tuesday in the trial of an Utah doctor accused of killing his wife in 2007 to continue an extramarital affair.

Prosecutors allege Martin MacNeill used his medical knowledge to kill his wife, Michelle, as she recuperated from her procedure.

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The death of Michele MacNeill seems like it could be a fictional crime story, but it may be all too real.

Days after getting a facelift in April 2007, ​Michele MacNeill ominously told her daughter Alexis, "If anything happens to me make sure it wasn't your dad,'" according to the statement of information prosecutors filed detailing the allegations against Dr. Martin MacNeill.

Read for yourself: The information prosecutors filed against Martin MacNeill

Michele MacNeill was found dead in the family's Pleasant Grove, Utah, home a few days later on April 11, 2007. Medical examiners found a powerful cocktail of drugs -- including Valium, Percocet, Phenergan, and Ambien -- in her system.

"The evidence shows the defendant used the surgery and recovery period to obtain the necessary drugs and set in motion the circumstances to intentionally or knowingly cause Michele's death and conceal his involvement," reads the statement of information.

After Michele MacNeill's body was found in the family's home, prosecutors say Martin MacNeill tried to hinder the investigation through his attempts to deceive a 911 operator and stage the scene as an accident.

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"He removed Michele's pants, lied to a 911 dispatcher about performing CPR, and drained the tub wherein Michele was found. He lied about the position of Michele's body to the medical examiner performing the autopsy and to others," according to court records. "Further, on the night of Michele's death he convinced his son's girlfriend to dispose of the remaining drugs prescribed to Michele following the surgery."

Prosecutors say Martin MacNeill was motivated to kill his wife because he was seeing a woman named Gypsy Willis.

"Both Martin and Gypsy were later convicted as co-defendants of various fraud-related crimes in federal and state courts. On one forged document, they listed themselves as married and recorded their marriage date as the date of Michele's funeral," according to court records.

Martin MacNeill allegedly hired Willis to be the family's nanny after Michele died, reports HLN affiliate KSL. Rachel MacNeill, one of the couple's daughters, testified during a preliminary hearing that Willis was not interested in taking care of the children.

"She didn't do anything that a nanny would do," Rachel MacNeill said under oath. "I expected to see what I had seen before ... that their main focus was the children. That [she was] there to work … not just sitting and staring at my dad."

Martin MacNeill is charged with first-degree murder and obstruction of justice. He has been held on a $1 million bond since his arrest.

The doctor has pleaded not guilty, and his attorneys have told reporters that their client is looking forward to the chance to prove his innocence.

If convicted of murder, Martin MacNeill could spend the rest of his life behind bars.

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