Dr. Martin MacNeill was in court Tuesday for his final hearing before jury selection begins in his first-degree murder trial on 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. Michele 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. After drugging her, Martin allegedly drowned Mrs. MacNeill in the tub.
MacNeill has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and obstruction of justice.
MacNeill appeared to be in high spirits during Tuesday’s hearing, smiling and chatting with his attorneys at the counsel table before it started. He was also engaged during the hearing, whispering with his attorneys as different issues popped up.
Judge Derek Pullan ruled on the admissibility of a variety of different pieces of evidence Tuesday, including:
When court reconvenes October 15, the court will select 8 jurors and 3 alternates to decide MacNeill’s fate. If convicted, MacNeill could spend the rest of his life behind bars.