Since Michele MacNeill's mysterious death in April 2007, allegedly at the hands of her doctor husband, the couple's oldest child, Rachel MacNeill, has voiced her suspicions about her father to investigators both in the courtroom and online.
Martin MacNeill has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and obstruction of justice, and his daughter is glad her father is finally going on trial.
"My father, Martin MacNeill, is going to stand trial for the murder of our beloved mother, Michele MacNeill. At last he will be brought before a jury, and held accountable for his actions," reads a statement Rachel posted on a website dedicated to honoring her mother after an October 2012 pre-trial hearing in her father's case. "I know many people in the world have been victims of horrible crimes. My heart goes out to all who suffer. I know many times in life justice is not served. I also know what my mother taught, and often quoted -- 'The truth shall set you free.'"
The victim left behind four adult biological children and four adopted children still living under her roof. Rachel MacNeill wrote her mother's obituary, and her heartbroken words express the family's immense loss.
"The selfless mother of Rachel, Vanessa, Alexis, Damian, Giselle, Elle, Sabrina, and Ada? The cherished daughter of Milton and Helen Somers? The glorious friend of all who knew her? How can words adequately describe one who seemed to us a little above the angels?" Rachel wrote in the obituary published April 13 in the Desert News of Salt Lake City. "Her outer beauty and talents so great, yet nothing compared to the beauty of her soul -- the Light of Christ, a flaming fire that burned so brightly for all to see. Her accomplishments in fulfilling with all her might, mind and strength anything and everything she was called to do."
Martin MacNeill's trial is scheduled to begin October 15. Prosecutors say MacNeill, who is also an attorney, used his medical knowledge to kill his wife as she recuperated from a face-lift.
Mrs. MacNeill was found dead in a bathtub in the family's Pleasant Grove, Utah, home 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," the prosecution said in a pre-trial statement.
Prosecutors say MacNeill drowned his wife after overmedicating her, motivated by his extramarital affair with a woman named Gypsy Willis, who he later hired as his children’s live-in nanny.
Rachel MacNeill testified at a preliminary hearing in October 2012 that shortly after her mother’s death, her father seemed paranoid that he would be accused of killing her.
"'I don't want anyone to think I had something to do with it,'" Rachel MacNeill testified that her father told her.
"Why would anyone in the world think you had something to do with it?" she asked him.
"'Well, you have to be careful,'" she said he replied.
Rachell MacNeill is expected to testify for the prosecution at her father's trial.
MacNeill's attorneys have told HLN affiliate KSL they are looking forward to the trial where all the evidence will be heard.
"We will be putting on a vigorous defense," attorney Susanne Gustin said. "Martin is looking forward to proving his innocence."