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Martin MacNeill's eldest daughter takes the stand in murder trial

PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - There was question over whether she was mentally stable enough to testify, but the judge allowed Martin MacNeill’s eldest daughter to take the stand and testify against her father - the man accused of killing her mother.
PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - There was question over whether she was mentally stable enough to testify, but the judge allowed Martin MacNeill’s eldest daughter to take the stand and testify against her father - the man accused of killing her mother.

At times it was difficult to hear Rachel MacNeill’s emotional recount of the events the day her mother died. At other times she struggled just to follow the questioning. One thing that never waned was Rachel’s insistence that she knows her father had something to do with her mother's death.

She wasn't on the stand longer than a couple of minutes before Rachel MacNeill began showing signs of distress. Martin MacNeill’s eldest daughter, who has always held the belief that her father killed her mother, was asked about that day her father called with the horrific news.

Rachel MacNeill said, "It was my father's voice he said ‘Rachel, quick, get to the hospital. It's your mother, quick."

After Rachel got to the families home, she testified, she found her father in the master bedroom with her other sister, Alexis, and rather than being consoling he was adamant he showed his daughters how he found their mother.

"He demonstrated, and was very adamant that we, step by step went about everything that had happened,” explained MacNeill.

A tub, similar to that in the MacNeill’s home, has been set up in the courtroom where Rachel explained to the jury what her father demonstrated to her.

"That she was inside the tub with her legs sticking out,” demonstrated MacNeill.

Rachel testified that her father was also adamant that an autopsy on Michele be done right away.

"He specifically said to me that he was concerned that there would be a police investigation that he didn't want anyone to think he murdered my mother,” testified MacNeill.

The defense says Rachel never brought up Martin asking for the autopsy in the initial interviews; it was only years later that she mentioned it.

They wrapped up their questioning today with this. Defense Attorney Susanne Gustin asked, "You've been diagnosed with mental illness?”
MacNeill replied, “In my life? I have."

Rachel has been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder, but against the defense's request, the judge did allow her to testify.

The judge still has to make a decision on whether the youngest MacNeill child, 12-year-old Ada, will be able to take the stand. That decision is expected Friday morning.
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