Utah Doctor Trial: Inmates Say He Called Dead Wife a 'B––––'

Utah Doctor Trial: Inmates Say He Called Dead Wife a 'B––––'
Martin MacNeill in court
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11/05/2013 06:00PM

If Martin MacNeill loved his wife Michele, who he stands accused of murdering by overmedicating then drowning her in April 2007, he allegedly didn't show it while in prison.

Two shackled inmates, referred anonymously as inmates No. 3 and 4, separately testified Tuesday in a Provo, Utah, courtroom that the former doctor used profanity when describing his wife while he served three years in a Texas prison for identity theft.

"He called her a b––––," inmate 3 testified. "I said 'Whoa, you're talking about the dead.'"

After inmate 3 asked MacNeill whether he killed his wife, MacNeill responded, "No, I didn't murder my wife. If I did, they don't have evidence, they don't have any proof," according to the inmate.

Inmate 4 testified he also asked MacNeill if he killed his wife, and said MacNeill replied: "If they could prove that, do you think I'd be talking with you?" Inmate 4 added: "I said did you do it? And he said, 'B–––– drowned.'"

Dozens of witnesses, including five of his daughters and two of his former mistresses, have testified in the trial. The prosecution could rest its case as soon as Wednesday.

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