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Bathtub brought into court for MacNeill murder trial

PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Prosecutors brought in a bathtub similar to the one in the MacNeill household and implied that doctor Martin MacNeill did not perform CPR on his wife the night she died.
PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Prosecutors brought in a bathtub similar to the one in the MacNeill household and implied that doctor Martin MacNeill did not perform CPR on his wife the night she died.

The bathtub was used by the prosecution during the second day of testimony in the high profile murder trial of the Pleasant Grove doctor accused of killing his wife with his wife in April 2007.

Michele MacNeill was found slumped in a bathtub by her 6-year-old daughter. The daughter ran to get help from a neighbor, Kristi Daniels.

Kristi was the second witnessed called to the stand Friday where she talked about what she remembered when she walked into the MacNeill family household.

“Michele was in the tub and Martin was over her,” Kristi Daniels said on the stand.

Daniels and neighbor Angie Aguilar each testified that Michele’s head was near the faucet of the bathtub with her body slumped over the side of the tub and her feet inside the bathtub at the other end.

The women said they offered to help MacNeill pull Michele from the tub, but he wanted a man’s help.

Kristi’s husband Doug arrived and helped MacNeill move Michele to the bathroom floor where they started performing CPR.

Prosecutors implied that MacNeill faked giving his wife CPR because he did not have any of the mucus on Michele’s nose and mouth on his face.

Neighbors described MacNeill’s behavior that night as frantic.

Officer Ray Ormond said once he started performing CPR Michele started to gurgle and a pink color returned to her pale face and skin.

“As I was doing chest compressions and the gurgling continued, fluid actually came out of Michele’s mouth,” Ormond said.

Ormond said Michele regurgitated about three cups of water, but said he was distracted by MacNeill who appeared to be agitated. He said he feared for his safety because of MacNeill’s behavior.

The defense noted that Ormond had not expressed his concern for his safety to anyone in prior interviews before the trial started.

Neighbors also said shortly after Michele’s funeral they were introduced to Gypsy, who went by the name Gillian. Gillian was said to be the nanny for MacNeill’s children and she is later believed to be the woman MacNeill was having an affair with.

While prosecutors are trying to prove MacNeill overdosed his wife on drugs after a facelift surgery, he maintains she died of heart failure.

The trial will resume in a Provo courtroom on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

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