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Jurors in Martin MacNeill murder trial talk about Martin's mistress and motive

PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - They say she drove Martin MacNeill to murder. For the first time the jurors in the Martin MacNeill murder trial speak out about their decision to find him guilty and how big of a role motive played in their verdict.

PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - They say she drove Martin MacNeill to murder. For the first time the jurors in the Martin MacNeill murder trial speak out about their decision to find him guilty and how big of a role motive played in their verdict.

Prosecutors said Gypsy Willis was a hostile witness who protected her former lover every change she got and the jurors agree that Martin's mistress was putting on a show.

Ken, Juror # 43 told ABC 4 Utah’s Kimberly Nelson, "I think that Gypsy likes a stage and this trial provided her with a stage so she could be in the spotlight."

Gypsy Willis met Martin MacNeill online in 2005 and shortly thereafter they started an affair. On the stand Gypsy tried to play down their relationship, but evidence proved otherwise.

Kitty, Juror #9 said, "I don't think any of us think she's innocent in any of this. I think she’s very much a part of it.”

Willis moved into the MacNeill home just two weeks after Michele MacNeill died and was engaged to Martin just two months later. While jurors weren't allowed to rule on emotion, Martin MacNeill’s actions after his wife's death built the case, they say, that MacNeill was capable of murder.

"The callousness with which he approached the whole situation with afterwards,” explained Stuart, Juror # 29. “Rachel quits her job the day after and he says don't you dare quit your job I’ve got…on the 14th the day after the funeral, he already has a nanny in mind.

And the way he chose to introduce Gypsy to the family, jurors say, was especially heinous.

Martin, it was revealed, asked his daughter Rachel to pray about a nanny and then later staged a meeting with Gypsy outside an LDS temple.

Randy, Juror # 60 told ABC 4 Utah’s Kimberly Nelson, "Ultimately they wound up sitting on a bench outside the temple in American Fork and who shows up as if by answer to prayer…so the idea that Martin would manipulate his daughter's belief system like that…That was the first part in the trial where I was like this guy is really cold."

Martin MacNeill is still claiming he's innocent. He plans on appealing the verdict. Right now he's facing 15 years to life in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for January 7th.

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