Convicted murderer Martin MacNeill attempts suicide in jail

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PROVO -- Convicted murderer Dr. Martin MacNeill attempted suicide in his jail cell Thursday night, according to Utah County Sheriff's deputies.

Sgt. Spencer Cannon told FOX 13 MacNeill was discovered around 5:30 p.m. by deputies in the Utah County Jail doing a routine security check. Cannon said MacNeill was in the midst of his suicide attempt.

On Friday afternoon, the Utah County Sheriff's Office revealed MacNeill had dismantled a disposable shaving razor and used the blade to cut his femoral artery.

"It was then that deputies intervened and MacNeill was taken to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center by ambulance," the sheriff's office said in a statement.

"Doctors told Sheriff's Office personnel that MacNeill will need to remain hospitalized for the remainder of today, and could need to remain in the hospital for 2-3 more days. Still, after being treated at the hospital he is expected to recover from his injuries."

MacNeill's exact condition is unknown, but he remains under guard.

MacNeill was convicted of murder and obstruction of justice in the murder of his wife, Michele. Prosecutors said he overdosed her on drugs as she recovered from plastic surgery, lured her to the bathtub in their Pleasant Grove home, and drowned her.

He was accused of killing his wife so he could continue an affair with another woman. He faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced in January.

MacNeill is also facing a sex abuse trial in February, accused of groping a woman. At the time that trial date was set, FOX 13 asked MacNeill's defense attorney how his client was doing in jail since his murder conviction.

"Not well," Randy Spencer said. “It’s very tough on him to be convicted of something that he has always professed he did not do."

Continue to watch FOX 13 and fox13now.com for updates.

FOX 13's coverage of the Martin MacNeill case can be found here.

15 comments

  • Kimberly Somers Popish

    They better watch my “uncle” very closely. My guess is he did this to try to escape while at the Hospital! There is always a script with everything he does. Dont take this at face value.

    • Lucy

      You hit the nail right on the head! Nothing he does from what I even see as a stranger looking in is done out of any human emotion. He is scheming once again but he lost big time thank God thanks to your amazingly strong family.

    • Tracee

      He is human. He realized what he has done. But being a Dr. or maybe not since he allegedly faked some of his credentials…he knows how to kill himself. He just doesn’t really want to die….but doesn’t want to be where he is while Jillian…and life goes on.

      • brooklynlulu

        I didn’t realize at first but he was already on suicide watch so he knew they were going to check on him within minutes so probably was timing their arrival to look in so he pulled the suicide act. They usually check every fifteen minutes so it shows even more it was an act as always. He wanted a wee break from that tiny room and get some attention, probably looking for another nurse LOL

  • Deborah

    i wouldnt doubt for a moment this evil man was spiking her liquids/food also. such a sad loss… my heart goes out to her children/family. the whore he was messing with(gypsy) should be beheaded!!!

    • Anna

      My how civilized of you! Perhaps you should look into relocating to Saudi Arabia or Pakistan, Afghanistan or Iran. They sound a bit more your speed. I’d love to see that woman charged with murder and sentenced to life just like the man she plotted with, but geesh!

  • Kayla

    Woow.. such a worthless man, but if hes trying too end his life in jail. Let him. No man or women should ever be killed especially by there loved ones.. how freakin sad, but my prayers go out to his Children and his other part of family. Martain is a killer. He should already be in prison for this that he has done. Dirty man, And Gypsy should be sentenced to life because she new about the whole killing his wife thing. Worthless people these days.. holy hell

  • Kathi Ryan

    If he is innocent, why would he want to kill himself. To me, that is a cowards way out. It is a scary world we live in. Why do they take away things in their jail cells that can help them to commit suicide. Take away the sheets, and any other form of self destruction.

    • anngell

      Why kill himself? It has to be hard to live in a 6 x 6 or whatever cell when you had the world at your fingertips..his family is against him..he gets no luxuries where he is..he is now a number…and his number…means nothing to anyone but him and to live like that? I would kill myself too.

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