2 sisters testify in father's murder trial

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Associated Press

Posted on October 24, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 24 at 5:30 PM

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Two women testifying in their father's murder trial say he was eager demonstrate how their mother ended up dead in a bathtub, and how quickly he introduced a nanny who became his lover.

Rachel MacNeill testified that she found Martin MacNeill's effort to clear himself jarring when she was grieving her mother's unexplained death.

Prosecutors in Provo, Utah, say Martin MacNeill gave his wife a lethal mix of drugs, then helped her into the tub.

Alexis Somers testified that the account by her father about finding his wife conflicts with other eyewitness accounts.

Somers is a guardian for the family's youngest daughter, a key witness in the case whose appearance at the trial awaits a ruling by the judge.

Somers said she never coached the then-6-year-old sister about what to tell police.

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