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MacNeill defense attorney says expect an appeal

PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Just days after a guilty verdict, former Pleasant Grove doctor Martin MacNeill wants to appeal to get a new trial.
PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Utah)- Just days after a guilty verdict, former Pleasant Grove doctor Martin MacNeill wants to appeal to get a new trial. He was convicted early Saturday morning of first-degree-murder and obstruction of justice in the death of his wife Michelle. His defense attorney Randall Spencer says he still believes in a not guilty verdict because there was plenty of reasonable doubt. The former doctor, Martin MacNeill maintains his innocence that he did not kill his wife Michelle. 

It's the trial and the verdict people across the nation were waiting for. One that Martin MacNeill's defense attorney Randall Spencer spent the last year and three months preparing. 

"I have never had a case that compares to the Martin MacNeill," said Defense Attorney Randall Spencer. 

It has it all: sex, prescription drugs, lies and a death. One the jury ultimately ruled as a murder. But Spencer argues the case was full of reasonable doubt. 

"None of the medical examiners were able to conclude that Michele passed away from a homicide. And as I argued, that in of itself should've constituted reasonable doubt," said Spencer. 

Spencer said MacNeill's daughters, the insures, and others who testified all changed their stories from pre-trial to during the trial. He blames the influence of what he called untruthful reports. 

"The media had tried and convicted Martin MacNeill long before the actual trial occurred," said Spencer. 

Now, the case is over and that means time for reflection. For one man, plenty of time to do that behind bars. 

"He's struggling. I met with him today (Monday) at the county jail and he adamantly maintains his innocence he's struggling with the verdict. And hopefully he'll do better with some time," said Spencer. 

MacNeill sentencing is scheduled for January 7th. At that point, he has 30 days to file a formal appeal. 
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