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Martin MacNeill: Guilty of killing his wife

PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Martin MacNeill, the Pleasant Grove doctor accused of killing his wife, has been found guilty of her murder.

PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Martin MacNeill, the Pleasant Grove doctor accused of killing his wife, has been found guilty of her murder.

Sighs of relief from Michele MacNeill’s family as they learned the six year ordeal was finally over.

Martin MacNeill sat expressionless as the verdict was read - guilty of murder and guilty of obstruction of justice.   

MacNeill’s daughter Alexis Somers, who testified against her father telling the jury how and why she felt her father killed their mother, was grateful the nightmare is over.

Somers said, "We're just so happy that he can't hurt anyone else."

The prosecution says it was likely Alexis' determination in the fight to bring her mother's killer to justice that convinced the jury of MacNeill’s guilt what was a very circumstantial case.

Prosecutor Chad Grunander told ABC 4 Utah, "I think they found Alexis Somers to be totally credible. I think they believed her. Such a wonderful, strong woman who did not give up on her mother."

It was a hard fought case. Michele's death wasn't initially investigated as a homicide and some of the state's evidence wasn't allowed into court, but the prosecution says there was a mountain of motive and it proves you can win a circumstantial case. Grunander says it was one of the most difficult cases he’s ever prosecuted, but the state is pleased that justice has been served.

"We have the best system in the world, but it doesn't always work, but it worked today,” said Grunander.

The family says Michele and her loved ones can finally be at peace.

Michele’s niece Jill Harper-Smith said, “We're able to say Michele we laid it all out on the table and people came through for you and did the right thing."

Martin MacNeill will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Grunander told ABC 4 Utah, "With his age, the circumstances of this case of 15 to life, I believe he will die in prison."

Martin MacNeill faces 15 years to life in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for January 7th.

It may not be the last of criminal cases for MacNeill; the state currently has a sexual assault case against him. Prosecutors tell ABC 4 Utah they're going to likely pursue it, not to add time to MacNeill’s sentence, but to find justice for another one of his victims.

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