The most unusual request he's ever heard. That's how American Fork Hospital's emergency room physician Dr. Scott VanWagoner described what Martin MacNeill asked of him on April 11th, 2007.
Dr. VanWagoner testified, "He made an odd request of me which I still find to be, in 15 years of practice, completely unusual and really kind of off the wall.”
“What was the request?” asked the prosecutor.
“He offered me $10,000 to continue my resuscitation and not quit,” answered Dr. VanWagoner.
VanWagoner told the jury that when Michele MacNeill arrived at the hospital at 12:25 pm he thought she was dead on arrival, and that MacNeill should have known that as well making his request all that more odd.
"I think as a physician he already knew that he wife was already dead,” explained Dr. VanWagoner. “Knowing that we hadn't had any signs of life, no blood pressure, no pulse, no breathing on her own."
That wasn't the only odd request made by MacNeill the day his wife died. The former girlfriend of Martin MacNeill’s son Damian also took the stand Wednesday. Eileen Heng told jurors hours after Michele died Martin asked her and his son to count Michele’s medications.
"He wanted Damian and I to open each bottle of the prescription drugs and make a count of which drugs, the prescription drugs, and how many quantities of drugs in them,” testified Heng.
Heng testified that Martin wanted to know how Michele died, but then got frustrated, blamed the medication for taking his wife, and asked that the pills be flushed.
"Did that request seem strange to you?” asked the prosecution.
“Yes,” said Heng.
“Why did you comply with that request?”
Heng answered, “Because he asked me and he had just lost his wife and I wanted to help."
Thursday we're expecting more interesting testimony when MacNeill’s daughters take the stand. We know that one of the older daughters is going to testify, but the judge is expected to rule Thursday if the youngest daughter, who was just six when she found her mother in the tub, will be allowed to take the stand.