Utah Doc on Trial for Killing Wife May Be ‘Total Jerk’ But Jury Told: ‘Set Aside Your Emotion’

(ABC News) – The murder trial of a once-prominent Utah doctor began today with prosecutors painting him as a manipulative adulterer who fatally drugged his former beauty queen wife so he could pursue a romantic relationship with a woman he met online.

Dr. Martin MacNeill, 58, is accused of killing his wife in April 2007 after she approached him about his alleged affair.

A jury of eight people in Provo, Utah, will decide the doctor’s fate in a trial that is expected to last five weeks and pit MacNeill against his daughters, who are expected to be star witnesses for the prosecution.

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