Sentencing in the murder case for Martin MacNeill, a former Pleasant Grove doctor recently convicted of killing his wife, is on hold because of competency issues in a separate sexual abuse case.
On Nov. 9, a jury convicted MacNeill, 57, of first-degree felony murder and second-degree felony obstruction of justice in the death of his wife, Michele MacNeill.Martin MacNeill was scheduled to be in court on Thursday for oral arguments regarding a motion his attorney filed asking 4th District Judge Derek Pullan to arrest judgment in the case. But that court date was cancelled after Utah County prosecutors asked for a stay while MacNeill's competency is probed as part of the sexual abuse case.
In that case, MacNeill is charged with one count of forcible sexual abuse, stemming from allegations that in 2007 he put his hands down an adult female relative's pants.Last month, MacNeill's attorney, Randall Spencer, filed a motion saying that he didn't think his client was competent to stand trial in the sex abuse case. He wrote that MacNeill's mental and physical health have deteriorated while he has been on suicide watch at the Utah County jail, and he questioned his client's ability to help prepare for trial in the forcible sexual abuse case.