Utah doctor charged in wife's death

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Posted: Aug 24, 2012 7:43 PM
Utah doctor charged in wife's death

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (AP) — A Utah doctor recently freed from a federal prison in Texas where he was serving time for fraud has been charged with killing his wife.

The Deseret News reports (bit.ly/OdpeD0) 56-year-old Martin MacNeill was arrested Friday and booked into the Utah County Jail.

MacNeill faces murder and obstruction of justice charges.

Investigators have long thought MacNeill killed his wife in April 2007, then covered it up — charges the doctor has denied. Martin MacNeill's attorney, Randy Spencer, said Friday it doesn't appear the county has any new evidence, and his client will fight the charges.

Michele MacNeill's body was found in a bathtub in the couple's Pleasant Grove home.

An autopsy indicated she died of natural causes, but a 2010 addendum to that report questioned the manner of death. Authorities now say they believe Michele MacNeill was drugged by her husband.