He's a doctor, lawyer, father of eight -- and a murderer, according to prosecutors, who say 57-year-old Martin MacNeill gave his wife a deadly dose of prescription medications and then drowned her so he could be with his lover.
Michele MacNeill, who was 50 years old at the time of her death, was found lifeless in the family's bathtub by her 6-year-old daughter in 2007. Her husband, Martin MacNeill, said she must have overdosed and blamed it on the cosmetic surgery she had a few days earlier.
Medical examiners found a powerful cocktail of drugs -- including Valium, Percocet, Phenergan and Ambien -- in Michele McNeill's system. Investigators say it was Martin MacNeill who put them there.
But before MacNeill faced murder charges, he was a respected father, physician and pillar in his community. He met his late wife, Michele, at a Latter-day Saints (LDS) activity for young adults; the pair eloped in 1978, according to Deseret News.
Martin MacNeill pursued his degree in osteopathic medicine, graduating in 1983 from the Western University of Health Sciences. After that, he applied to law school and got his law degree from Brigham Young University in 1990.
The family made its home in a gated community of Pleasant Grove, Utah, nestled against the mountains. This is where the MacNeills raised eight children together -- four biological (Rachel, Vanessa, Alexis and Damian) and four adopted (Sabrina, Elle, Giselle and Ada).
Martin MacNeill worked just a few minutes away from his family as the director of the Developmental Center, a state facility that cares for the intellectually challenged. He would put in a few hours at the office before driving the short distance home to take the girls to school in the morning.
Neighbors describe Martin as the friendly one and Michele as the more reserved one. The pair lived an idyllic life until April 11, 2007, when everything changed.
At around 11:45 a.m. that morning, the couple's 6-year-old daughter found her mother in a bathtub of reddish-brown water.
"Something is wrong with mommy," Ada MacNeill told her father.
Martin MacNeill said he has a solid alibi: He was at work. An employee claimed his behavior was odd, however, describing MacNeill as rushed and insistent that his picture be taken at the Safety Fair going on that day "so people would know I was present."
Martin MacNeill left the fair to pick up his daughter, Ada, from school at around 11:35 a.m. They went home and that's when she found her mother's body.
Michele MacNeill had been home recovering from a face-lift she had just a few days earlier, on April 3. Her husband told investigators she must have accidentally taken too many medications before drowning in the family's bathtub.
Toxicology results showed a mix of Ambien (a sleep aid), Valium (a sedative), Percocet (a sedative painkiller) and Phenergan (an anti-nausea drug). Prosecutors say Martin MacNeill had plenty of time to slip home from work and deliver the powerful cocktail to his wife and that it wasn't the first time he had done it either.
Just two days after her surgery, Michele was found unresponsive on her bed by her daughter, Alexis. Martin MacNeill admitted he may have over-medicated her. Michele allegedly told her daughter later that day, "If anything happens to me, make sure it wasn't your dad."
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The mix of drugs Michele MacNeill was taking isn't normally prescribed by her cosmetic surgeon. He told investigators he was persuaded to do so by Martin MacNeill and that he warned the other physician to only use the drugs as needed and to not combine them.
Martin MacNeill now faces two charges: murder and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying to a 911 dispatcher about performing CPR, draining the bathtub before police arrived and lying about the position of Michele's body.
This, however, wasn't Martin MacNeil's first brush with the law.
In 1977, he went on a three-day spending spree in California where he forged $35,000 in checks and loaded up with diamond rings, TVs, watches and socks, according to Deseret News. He was sentenced to six months behind bars, a term he served after tying the knot.
He was also convicted in June 2009 of several fraud-related charges. His partner in crime was Gypsy Willis, the woman he was allegedly having an affair with at the time of his wife's death and the woman who prosecutors say was the motive for his wife's murder.
Martin even moved Willis into the family home shortly after his wife's death, calling her the children's nanny. When one of MacNeill's adopted daughters, Giselle, went back to Ukraine to visit her biological sister, the pair used her personal information to forge documents.
Gypsy Willis became "Jillian MacNeill," the beneficiary of his $2 million life insurance policy. MacNeill called her his "wife" and said they had been married on the date of Michele's funeral. Investigators eventually caught on to their scheme and prosecuted them for fraud.
MacNeill's daughter, Alexis, who now uses her mother's maiden name, Somers, won permanent custody of three of her adopted sisters -- Sabrina, Elle and Ada -- after MacNeill terminated his parental rights in 2008.
Tragedy hit the family again in 2010 when the couple's only son, Damian, committed suicide by placing a bag over his head and overdosing on medication. He was Martin MacNeill's lone voice of support in the family, telling the Deseret News in 2009 that he wasn't speaking to his sisters because they trashed their father.
MacNeill no longer holds a license to practice medicine. He surrendered his license in Utah in 2009 and had his license to practice in Washington suspended in 2010 following his conviction on fraud charges.
Jury selection for MacNeill's murder trial began Tuesday. He has been in jail, 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.
Several of his children are expected to testify against him in addition to a woman claiming to be his former lover. If convicted of murder, MacNeill could spend the rest of his life behind bars.