Jury selection is underway in Provo for a five-week trial for a Pleasant Grove doctor accused of killing his wife in 2007.
Martin MacNeill, 57, was having an affair with a woman named Gypsy Willis at the time of his wife's death, according to court documents, and allegedly devised a plan to kill 50-year-old Michele MacNeill in order to continue the affair. He is accused of giving his wife a deadly mixture of prescription drugs after she came home to recover from cosmetic surgery in April 2007. On Tuesday, 120 people will be called to Provo's 4th District courthouse to potentially serve as jurors in the trial. The jury pool will be asked to fill out a 22-page questionnaire, which includes 20 questions about the jurors' media habits and whether they have read any news reports or seen television reports about the MacNeill case.
The questionnaire also asks potential jurors how they feel toward a person who is unfaithful to their spouse, and whether the fact that MacNeill had an affair at the time of his wife's death would cause them to be unfair. The survey asks if any potential jurors have had surgery or prescriptions for any of the several drugs found in Michele MacNeill's system.