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Martin MacNeill back in court for forcible sexual abuse trial
By Kimberly Nelson
PROVO, Utah - He's already facing life in prison for killing his wife and now Martin MacNeill could see more jail time if convicted of forcible sexual abuse.
The former Utah County doctor was back in a Provo courtroom Wednesday to answer to charges that he inappropriately touched an adult female relative.
The alleged victim took the stand today and testified that on May 23rd, 2007, just over a month after Michele MacNeill died, she went to Martin MacNeill's home to help clean up some of Michele's belongings. It got late and the alleged victim says MacNeill suggested that she go to sleep on the master bed and he would sleep on the couch.
She testified that she woke up suddenly to find Martin MacNeill with his hands down her pants. "I could feel [MacNeill’s] hand rubbing my buttocks," she testified. "He had one of my hands, my left hand, and he was licking it and kissing it."
The alleged victim testified the incident only lasted a couple of seconds; that she slapped his hand away and asked him what he was doing. "I just said, ‘What are you doing? He just said, ‘Oh, oh I’m sorry, I’m sorry,’ " she said. "He said, I thought you were [Michele.]"
The woman was the only witness called. When the trial resumes Thursday she will be cross-examined by the defense.
In opening statements the defense attempted to put doubt in the juror's minds asking, if true, why would these allegations be made so long after the alleged incident took place, and if it did happen why did this woman stay in MacNeill's home after the alleged abuse took place.
The alleged victim testified that at the time the abuse occurred she already believed Martin MacNeill killed his wife Michele. She said she wanted to stay to make sure the younger children in the house were safe.
If convicted of second-degree felony forcible sexual abuse, MacNeill could face up to 15 years in prison.
The trial resumes Thursday morning at 9:30.