A doctor who had been in prison since 2014 for killing his wife, California beauty queen Michele MacNeill, recently passed away. Officers found him unresponsive at the Utah State Prison and tried to revive him but unfortunately, he died. Although his death is under investigation, there are no signs any circumstances or individuals may have caused it. Contact a Salt Lake City criminal defense attorney if you have been wrongly accused of a crime.
Mr. MacNeill had been struggling with schizophrenia after his U.S. Army discharge but he was able to go to medical school. Later on, he married Michelle and had eight children with her. She had been home recovering from plastic surgery when doctor MacNeill overdosed and drowned her in the bathtub. The doctor’s next parole hearing was scheduled for 2052. He was facing 17 years or probably life in prison.
A tragic case
Michele MacNeill’s death had caused a nationwide commotion. Dr. MacNeill was a psychiatrist while his wife was a stay-at-home mom. Apparently, the doctor had given her a facelift as a present for her 50th birthday soon after she confronted him about his recent affair. Prosecutors say he wanted to kill her and live with his mistress while criminal defense attorneys say she could have died of natural causes. The verdict raised many questions as the official cause of death was not determined. The Mormon community was deeply affected since the accused was a father of eight children and a bishop in a local church.
A woman who had an affair with Dr. MacNeill says he had mentioned his intentions of killing his brother. He told people from the church about his sibling’s’ death. Apparently, his sister had strangled herself in her 20s and a brother took his life a few months before his wife Michelle had died. His daughter, whom he considered a family embarrassment, had approached him to talk about her struggles with substance abuse and he told her they could both kill themselves. MacNeill’s oldest daughter says he mentioned many times he wanted to commit suicide, including back in 1994 when he was accused of having an affair with a patient. Some investigators believe he was living a lie and getting away with murder until he was finally caught.
Salt Lake City criminal defense attorneys believe that witnesses lied and didn’t provide all the evidence required. However, the doctor had admitted he had committed the crime. The court concluded that lack of evidentiary support wouldn’t have changed MacNeill’s situation or the outcome of his trial.
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