In the town of Draper Utah this morning Doctor Martin MacNeill, in prison for the murder of his wife Michele, was found dead at the Utah State Prison.
The Utah Department of Corrections reported to news media today that MacNeill was found unconscious in the prison yard of what is called the Olympus Facility and was pronounced dead not long after.
MacNeill, a former Utah County physician, was found guilty and sent to prison in September 2014, after his conviction of First Degree Murder of his wife, Sexual Abuse of his adult daughter and Obstruction of Justice.
Correction Officers stated they found MacNeill, age 61, lying on the ground near the vegetable greenhouse. They followed standard protocol by starting CPR and calling Paramedics. They report he had no obvious signs of injury and never regained consciousness.
The doctor’s death will be routinely investigated by the coroner, but there was no sign he had been assaulted by anyone.
Michele MacNeill was found dead by her daughter in their Pleasant Grove home on April 11, 2007. At the time she was recovering from cosmetic surgery at her husband’s request. Two drugs found in her system – Oxycodone and Benadryl – were particularly curious, because they would not normally be prescribed to patients after such a surgery. The cosmetic surgeon who operated on Mrs. MacNeill testified the drugs were prescribed to her at the request of her husband. The prosecution was able to prove that the combination of drugs allowed MacNeill to drown Michele in the bathtub with little or no resistance.
Last month, the Utah Court of Appeals upheld a murder conviction of MacNeill. He would not have been eligible for parole until the year 2052.