Several inmates testify in Martin MacNeill murder trial

It was expected this would be a big day for the prosecution; that these inmates would testify that Martin MacNeill bragged about killing his wife while he was behind bars, but that's not exactly what happened.

PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Several inmates took the stand Thursday in the murder trial of a former Pleasant Grove doctor accused of killing his wife.

It was expected this would be a big day for the prosecution; that these inmates would testify that Martin MacNeill bragged about killing his wife while he was behind bars, but that's not exactly what happened.

You could hear their shackles but you couldn't see their faces. The three inmates who testified Tuesday in the Martin MacNeill murder trial didn't want to be on camera for fear of being retaliated against for being snitches.

Inmate # 3 testified, "I've seen snitches get killed. I’ve seen snitches get stabbed. I’ve seen snitches get isolated. I've seen snitches get raped."

All of the inmates testified they were not getting deals, reduced sentences or any advantages for coming forward.

The prosecution asked, "Has anyone given you anything so that you would testify today?”

Inmate # 4 replied, “Probably a death sentence for telling on him."

The inmates testified that they all called Martin MacNeill “Doc.”

They knew he was a doctor, but it wasn't until later they learned why he was locked up. He claimed his wife was also in prison, allegedly referring to his mistress Gypsy, but it wasn't until the case appeared on television that rumors started spreading that he was accused of actually killing his wife.


Inmate # 4 testified, "He said his wife was in prison and I said ‘Man, they told me that you killed your wife’ and he said ‘If that was true if they could prove that do you think I’d be here talking to you.’ Well, I said ‘Did you do it?’ He said ‘That bitch drowned.’”

None of the inmates said flat out that Martin MacNeill claimed he killed his wife and got away with it, but all testified that he said police couldn't prove it.

Inmate # 3 said, "I just asked him 'Doc, they say you murdered your wife?’ and he was like ‘Nah I didn't murder my wife, if I did they don't have any evidence.’"

The inmates also testified about MacNeill’s exercise habits. Earlier testimony showed Martin MacNeill claimed he couldn't lift his wife Michele out of the tub because of his medical conditions. He has a bad big toe, there were times he claimed he had cancer and multiple sclerosis.

One inmate testified that MacNeill was his workout buddy, that they lifted weights several times a week and ran on the track about 4 to 5 miles a day. Asked if he ever used a cane, like he did at Michele’s funeral, and none of them had ever seen "Doc" use a cane or crutch.

Wednesday the prosecution is expected to wrap up their case. Gypsy Willis, MacNeill’s alleged mistress, is expected to go back on stand.

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