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Jury selection begins in Martin MacNeill murder trial

PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Jury selection began today on the former Utah doctor accused of killing his wife by an intentional overdose. Martin MacNeill is accused of killing his wife, Michelle MacNeill, in 2007 with drugs she received after a facelift.
PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Jury selection began today on the former Utah doctor accused of killing his wife by an intentional overdose.

Martin MacNeill is accused of killing his wife, Michelle MacNeill, in 2007 with drugs she received after a facelift. MacNeill says his wife drowned in the bathtub.

Lawyers on both sides will Wednesday interviewing what’s left of the nearly 120 juror candidates. Tuesday they only made it to juror number 38 before calling it a day.

One of the major questions that could determine a potential juror’s eligibility is how much they already know about the case, but early Tuesday morning the judge explained, to the prosecution and defense teams, that just because a juror has read or heard something about the case in the news it doesn’t mean they will automatically be disqualified. Instead, the judge said, it’s going to be decided on a case by case basis.

ABC 4 did obtain a copy of the juror questionnaire. The 127 question document includes questions such as, “Do you have difficulty making decisions in your everyday life?” “Have you or any member of your family or close friend ever been the victim of domestic violence?” and “Do you know anyone who has been injured or died as a result of a crime?”

Defense attorney Susanne Gustin told ABC 4 Utah of the questionnaire, “It was very detailed and very helpful in screening out a lot of the questions before hand. Knowing what people thought about certain things, right up front, was very helpful.”

Jury interviews continue Wednesday. They’re expected to narrow down the jury pool to 11 - 8 jurors and 3 alternates. The trial is expected to begin Thursday.
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