Jury reaches verdict in Utah doctor's trial

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by Associated Press/WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 9, 2013 at 1:12 PM

PROVO, Utah (AP) -- The jury has reached a verdict in the trial of a Utah doctor charged with murder in his wife's 2007 death in a bathtub.
 
   Martin MacNeill's lawyers argued his wife died of natural causes. They contend she had a heart attack and fell in the tub. A cause of death was never established, leaving prosecutors with a largely circumstantial case.
 
   Prosecutors argued he knocked out Michele MacNeill with drugs after cosmetic surgery, then helped her into the tub and held her head underwater.
 
   One man who served time with the doctor testified MacNeill acknowledged doing that.
 
   Several medical experts testified the combination of painkillers, Valium and sleeping pills detected in her blood could have triggered a heart attack. Another expert insisted she didn't have heart disease and died by drowning.

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