Martin MacNeill Murder Trial – Day 2
There is a slight delay while the prosecution is having the bathtub brought in, so the pros won that one!
State calls Heidi Johnson Peterson. She was the 911 dispatcher.
She said the tape reflects what happened on the call.
The tape is moved in.
The tape is played for the court.
MacNeill sure sounds like a crazy person and he gave an incorrect address.
She sent police and medics once she figured the correct address.
Defense is playing a slowed down version of the call and instead of 305 Mill Creek, it’s 3058.
She is released.
State calls Kristi Daniels. She was a neighbor of MacNeill.
She identifies a photo of her house and MacNeill’s house.
She had two friends over at her house on April11 and Ada showed up saying her dad needed help.
As she went over to MacNeill’s she could hear MacNeill yelling for help. She entered the bathroom and saw Michele in the tub and MacNeill was standing over her and she said that 911 needed to be called, but MacNeill said he already did. She never saw MacNeill on the phone with 911.
She left to get her cell phone to call her husband.
She said Michele was in the tub with her head by the faucet and her feet in the other end of the tub. Michele was in the tub face up. She had mucus running out of her nose.
Was Michele dressed? Yes, she had on a long-sleeved black T-shirt but no pants.
Her husband showed up to help get Michele out of the tub. She told them she knew CPR and started compressions while MacNeil was doing the breathing.
Did you ever see mucus on MacNeill? No.
Her husband said he could do the compressions and she should go out and wait for the ambulance.
She later found out that Michele died.
She was aware MacNeill brought Gypsy into the home, but knew her as Jillian.
The first time you entered the bathroom, did you see MacNeill doing CPR? I assumed he was.
She saw the ambulance arrive before the police.
When you were in the bathroom, there was no water in the tub? No, from where I was standing.
On April 11, did you see anybody coming and going to the MacNeill house? No.
Were you looking at anything specifically that MacNeill was doing the breathing and you were doing compression? No.
How did Michele’s clothing get removed? I remember the white tank top but don’t know how the black T-shirt got removed.
She is released subject to recall.
Have to say, this has been a struggle to keep up with today, everybody is all over the place!
State calls Angie Aguilar. Another neighbor.
She attended the same LDS church. Says MacNeill taught Sunday school.
Did you ever hear MacNeill talk about his health? He taught a lesson in which he indicated his health was failing. He had less than a year to live.
Do you recall the events of April 11? Yes.
She was at the Daniel’s house. She describes Ada showing up saying her dad needs help.
She went with Kristi to the MacNeill’s house and didn’t hear anything.
She briefly saw Michele and her vision was obscured because Doug came in.
She says Michele was completely in the tub.
This is pretty much a rehash of Kristi’s testimony.
Says Michele only had on a white undershirt!
Was she wet? Damp.
Was there water in the tub? Not that I saw.
She saw Doug doing compression and MacNeill doing breathing and never saw any mucus on MacNeill’s face.
Heard MacNeill say he told Michele not to do this, meaning the surgery.
She learned Michele passed away.
She babysat the younger daughters while MacNeill made funeral arrangements.
She also knew Jillian had been brought in to be a nanny.
You stated the MacNeill was breathing puffs of air into Michele. He was supposed to be doing that, but I can’t say he actually did.
You saw blood on Michele’s face? Yes the incisions were bleeding.
There was blood all over her face? No, the incisions were wet.
Again, the defense is doing nothing, but trying to impeach the witness with prior interviews.
State calls Doug Daniels. Next-door neighbor.
He too repeats the story that MacNeill being ill.
He recalls getting a call from his wife Kristi to come to the MacNeill house.
He entered the bathroom and saw Michele in the tub. He confirms the previous testimony about the location of Michele’s head and feet inside the tub.
MacNeill’s clothing was not wet.
Says no water in the tub, but Michele was damp.
He recalls Michele in a white tank top and nothing else.
He helped MacNeill move Michele out of the tub.
He saw a little blood on the incisions will doing CPR.
He confirms the mucus running down Michele’s nose and mouth, but never saw any on MacNeill.
Funny that nobody saw Michele’s chest rise while MacNeill was supposedly breathing.
As with the last two witnesses, after Michele died, MacNeill told all of them that Michele died of heart issues.
He also saw Jillian had been installed as the nanny but it became apparent as time went by that the relationship was more than that.
MacNeill left in the ambulance with Michele and asked Doug to take care of the house.
Doug checked the bathroom and bedroom, saw some blood and water on the floor that hadn’t been there earlier, so he tried to clean up.
Cross of Doug Daniels.
Once again, trying to impeach the witness with previous testimony.
This is getting old. We’re talking years in between.
You said the mucus was clear in your earlier interview? There was some coloration to it.
Mostly just clear. Just what he said today!
Pretty much, this impeachment is going nowhere! Daniels is a strong witness.
Defense is taking a cherry picking action here and taking previous statements out of context.
Pros clean up the discrepancies the defense tried to make a big deal out of.
When MacNeill was doing the breathing, did you see Michele’s chest rise? No.
State calls Ray Ormond. Police officer.
He responded to the MacNeill home.
He entered the bathroom and saw Michele on the bathroom floor. Michele was wet.
He and his partner started CPR. He remembers there was water on the floor.
He says Michele was bluish in color.
She had a black shirt and white tank and bra at the time!
How the heck did Michele get dressed again????
They moved Michele from the bathroom to the bedroom floor and continued CPR.
He heard a gurgle from Michele lungs and saw her bluish color turning more pinkish. Her incisions also started weeping.
Are you certified in CPR and people who had been under water? Yes.
What do those changes indicate?
As they continued CPR about 3 cups of fluid exited Michele’s mouth. The fluid got on both he and his partner.
Says during this time MacNeill was agitated and ranting. He was worried about his safety.
EMTs arrived and cut the clothes off Michele to attach the heart monitor.
MacNeill was telling LE what to do and when EMTs arrived, telling them what to do.
How long where you doing CPR in the bath before you moved Michele to the bedroom? I couldn’t say.
You testified in previous testimony that Michele was sopping wet? Yes.
In earlier testimony, you never said you were in fear of MacNeill? No.
Did MacNeill say Michele was slumped over the tub? No.
Did you check for lividity? No.
When you entered the bathroom you said you recognized MacNeill, but here you said you didn’t know him? I recognized him today.
You said Michele had on a black shirt, white shirt, and bra? Yes.
Court called till Tuesday at 8:30. So, they don’t do court on Mondays, not Fridays!