PROVO, Utah (AP) — The mistress of a Utah doctor accused of killing his wife testified Tuesday that she moved into his house nine days after the death and received a marriage proposal and a $7,000 diamond ring from the defendant within months.
The judge allowed prosecutors to aggressively question Gypsy Willis as a hostile witness after they argued she was trying to protect Martin MacNeill with less than truthful answers as he stands trial for murder in the death of his wife Michele MacNeill.
"Are you telling us you don't know anything more about Michele's death?" prosecutor Sam Pead asked.
"That is correct," Willis replied.
MacNeill is accused of hounding his wife to get a face-lift, then administering a lethal combination of drugs for her recovery and helping her into a tub of water in April 2007.
In previous testimony, Willis said she traded text messages with the doctor 30 times that day.
Willis said she had been having a sexual relationship with MacNeill for 15 months before his wife died. The doctor set her up in a duplex, gave her a debit card for expenses, and helped pay for her schooling as a nursing student, she said.
Willis said the doctor hired her as a nanny about a week after the funeral of his wife, even though two of his older daughters have testified they suspected Willis was their father's mistress and didn't want her in the house.
Willis' mother testified that the doctor tried to win over the family on visits to their home.
At a lavish engagement party in early July 2007 at a Cheyenne restaurant, MacNeill "made a public show of dropping to a knee and asking her to marry him," Vicki Willis said.
"It was one of those relationships you could say was mutually respectful" with little affection shown, the mother testified.
A drug expert testified last week that Michele MacNeill had four nervous system depressants in her blood that would have had a powerful knockout effect. A cause of death was never established.
Defense lawyers argue she had a heart attack and fell into the tub.