Martin MacNeill Murder Trial – Day 3
Judge Pullan calls all the attorneys to the bench.
State calls Joshua Motsinger. He was the second police officer at the scene.
He entered the house and went to the master bathroom. He saw Michele laying on the floor and MacNeill was doing chest compressions and yelling at Michele, ‘why did you do this’.
He said MacNeill’s sleeves were wet. Michele was wearing a white top and was wet.
The EMT’s arrived and because the bathroom wasn’t large enough they moved Michele to the bedroom floor.
They continued CPR. They turned her and she expelled some water. It got all over him and on the floor.
The EMT’s took over the CPR.
He says MacNeill was yelling about Michele having the surgery and told him Michele was taking a lot of drugs.
You said Mr. Daniels met you in front of the house? Yes.
Are you sure it wasn’t Mrs. Daniels? No it was a male.
You testified you saw MacNeill strike Michele on the chest? Yes.
Did you interpret that as his attempt to start her heart? I didn’t interpret it.
You testified the MacNeill told you Michele was slumped over the side of the tub? Yes.
You didn’t notice any lividity? No.
Any rigor? No.
Did you look for any lividity or rigor? No
State calls Marc Sanderson. Fire Chief and paramedic.
He arrived on the scene and met MacNeill who was acting very excited and loud.
MacNeill was loud and giving the paramedics orders. He was disruptive so the Chief had MacNeill leave the area.
Sanderson says Michele was very pale and wet and her incisions were bleeding and obviously lifeless.
MacNeill told him that Michele had overdosed on her meds and slipped and fell and hit her head on the tub.
How were the CPR efforts going? They weren’t working at all.
Were there any comments about the LDS church? Yes, he said based on his affiliation and how much money he gave to the Church this is how God was paying him back.
They all left for the hospital. Again, MacNeill was loud and disruptive so staff called security.
You and several others were interviewed by investigators together? Yes.
Mr. Whitney told you it wasn’t a problem because this wasn’t a shooting? Yes.
Don’t you think that’s strange? At the time, we weren’t looking at this as a homicide.
In your observation of MacNeill, he was very emotional? Yes.
You didn’t know MacNeill before? No.
So you don’t have a baseline of his mannerisms? No I do not.
There’s a whole back-and-forth as whether or not Michele was given glucose.
How far were you from Michele? 2 to 4 feet.
Did you see any lividity? No she was on her back?
Was a blood glucose restocked? Yes.
You said you don’t normally respond to situations like this, why did you respond? There was a transition going on in the firehouse and
I went to see if I could assist.
State calls Steven Brande. Paramedic.
He arrived on the scene and MacNeill was on the doorstep yelling at him. What taking so long?
He was very agitated.
He saw the two police officers doing CPR and he asked to move Michele to the bedroom floor.
MacNeill was yelling about Michele medications and her having the surgery.
He went to the emergency room and MacNeill was again yelling and agitated.
He said Michele was wet and cold, but her clothes were dry.
They gave Michele epinephrine, atropene
You were in the interview and indicated you were able to drive directly to the scene? Yes.
You said Michele had on a white top? I don’t recall.
You said McNeil was frantic? Yes.
You didn’t see any lividity? No.
At the hospital, once Michele was pronounced dead, MacNeill started crying.
What was marked on the exhibit? Judge says he will have it published for them.
State calls Dan Beckstrom. Another police officer.
He arrived on the scene and because Michele was being treated he stayed at the front door and says MacNeill was hysterical and yelling. He tried to calm MacNeill down.
When you arrived on the scene you stayed with MacNeill? Yes.
You saw medications at the scene? Yes.
After Michele was transported did you notice any clothing in the bathroom? I don’t recall any.
State calls Marc Wright. Detective.
He arrived at the scene and entered the home. He says MacNeill had a lab coat on and was very animated and very loud.
He repeats the story of MacNeill, yelling why, why about the plastic surgery.
He photographed the scene and identifies the photos.
Several pictures of blood and water.
Aha! A bra, a black shirt and an LDS garment top.
The hospital bed and a bunch of med bottles.
When you arrived at the home, Michele was still in the bathroom receiving CPR? Yes.
Was she then moved? Yes.
Michele’s hair was sopping wet? Yes.
The arms of MacNeill’s jacket were wet? Yes.
You took a photo of some clothing in the bathroom? Yes.
Was it wet? Yes.
Did you see LDS bottoms? No.
Sounds like they are moving faster than expected and the pros only has one witness on deck who should take about and hour. They will address housekeeping issues after the jury gets released early.
State calls Steve Mickelson. Nurse.
He worked with MacNeill. MacNeill supervised him.
Says life-saving measures are followed in cases like Michele’s and he had done codes with MacNeill before.
He went to the MacNeill home and entered the bedroom and recognized Michele and saw a code was being happening.
He knows CPR and says what was being done appeared appropriate.
MacNeill handed him a phone and told him to call Alexis. He told her to get up here as fast as she can.
MacNeill was very distraught.
Later he spoke with MacNeill and asked what happened. MacNeill said he found Michele face down the wrong way in the tub, He pulled her out!
Did you ever see him with a cane? Yes.
Did he ever mention cancer to you? I don’t think he mentioned it in terms of his toe.
When MacNeill returned to work he was calm and wearing a different ring than his wedding band.
MacNeill’s toe started bothering him in 2005, 2006? Yes he didn’t immediately start using a cane; he was playing on the softball team.
When did MacNeill start using a cane? About the time the problem came up.
You went on codes with MacNeill? Correct.
You never lifted a body out of tub? No.
You saw MacNeill perform CPR before? Once.
You said you were in the room 2-3 minutes? Yes.
In the preliminary hearing you said 1-2 minutes. Yes.
Defense getting nowhere impeaching this witness!
Did you prescribe Valium and hydrocodone in 2002? Yes, as a professional courtesy for MacNeill.
Jury released for the day due to no more witnesses on board.
Recess called before other housekeeping issues are brought up.
Ada’s ( the 6 year-old daughter who found her mother) testimony on Thursday is kinda up in the air. Jury will be brought in at 10:30 due to more argument will be heard.