MacNeill's former mistress and youngest daughter testify in his murder trial

MacNeill's former mistress and youngest daughter testify in his murder trial

During her testimony on Friday Gypsy Willis admitted to having an affair with Martin MacNeill and said the pair exchanged texts the morning his wife was found dead. Monday she testified she was sending him sexy photos of herself the day after Michele MacNeill died.
PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Martin MacNeill’s former mistress took the stand for the second time Monday in MacNeill’s murder trial.

During her testimony on Friday Gypsy Willis admitted to having an affair with Martin MacNeill and said the pair exchanged texts the morning his wife was found dead. Monday she testified she was sending him sexy photos of herself the day after Michele MacNeill died.

"There's one picture that's a little bit suggestive,” said Willis.
“It shows your buttocks?” asked the prosecution. “Yeah,” replied Willis.

Sometimes with a smile and with a matter of fact tone Gypsy answered all of the defense's questions, but prosecutors tell the judge she is a hostel witness. She would only answer questions she's already admitted to; even at one point claiming she didn't remember the day martin asked her to marry him.

"You and the defendant went to Wyoming in early July 2007 correct?” asked the prosecutor.
“I believe so,” replied Willis.
“And the defendant proposed to you officially?”
“Okay,” replied Willis.
“Is that correct?”
“I believe so, it's been so long,” Willis testified.
“You don't remember him proposing to you?” asked the prosecution.
“This relationship has been over a very long time,” said Willis.

But Gypsy's mother, Vickie Willis, remembers those days in 2007 very well. She was giddy, she says, that Gypsy was dating MacNeill - a successful doctor and lawyer. She testified that she was told Michele died in January of 2007 and days following her daughter's engagement she asked MacNeill about his deceased wife.

Vickie Willis testified, "He said to me that he had never loved Michele and then he amended that to say ‘I, well I did, I loved her as a sister, but I did not love her the way I love Gypsy.’"

While Gypsy and MacNeill never did marry that didn't stop them from pretending. Against the defense's objection Gypsy testified that MacNeill falsified an application for an identification card for her in which they claimed they were husband and wife.

"What name was used for you?” asked the prosecution.
“Jillian G. MacNeill,” answered Gypsy.
“And did you hold yourself out as married to someone?”
“Yes,” said Willis.
“Married to whom?”
“Martin MacNeill,” answered Willis.
“And did you have a marriage date on this?”
“Marriage date is listed as April 14th,” said Willis.
“2007?”
“Yes, 2007.”
“And what is the significance of April 14th 2007?”
“That is the day of the funeral.”
“Of whose funeral?” asked the prosecutor.
“Michele."

The jury also heard from Martin MacNeill’s youngest child today. The prosecution played the interview 7-year-old Ada gave at the Children’s Justice Center a year after she found Michele in the bathtub.

For the better part of a half an hour the jury listened as the investigator spoke to young Ada and tried to get her to talk about what happened when she was 6 years old, when she found her mother dead in the tub. She didn't want to answer questions about her mother or her father, only perking up when asked about her guardian, her older sister Alexis. She said she felt safe living with Alexis in Las Vegas.

Eventually the investigator did get Ada to speak about April 11th, 2007 the day Martin MacNeill picked her up from school and told her her mommy was sick.

"My dad told me, we were just walking home, just once we were walking home that she was sick and my dad and me came in and we walked in that room and the water,” said Ada. “We were looking for her and the water, I guess the water was brown and stuff and so my dad told me to get somebody and he kept screaming ‘Help! Quick.’"

The brown water that Ada described some say is a result of all the blood that was in the tub.

In day two of testimony the MacNeill’s son's girlfriend, Eileen Heng, testified that Martin MacNeill told her there was blood everywhere when he found Michele in the bathroom.

MacNeill’s daughter Rachel later testified she found her mother's clothing wet and bloody in the garage hours after Michele died, but when investigators arrived there was little blood to be found and, according to witness testimony, Martin never spoke about blood to anyone again.

Wednesday three of MacNeill’s other daughters will take the stand. Stay with ABC 4 Utah for the very latest.
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