- Associated Press - Saturday, August 20, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Utah Court of Appeals is upholding the sexual abuse conviction of a Utah doctor convicted of killing his beauty queen wife.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/2b6G8tF) that the court’s decision in the case against Martin MacNeill was issued late Friday.

MacNeill was found guilty of forcible sexual abuse of his adult daughter in 2014, a year after being convicted of Michele MacNeill’s death.

The Pleasant Grove doctor launched an appeal in May, arguing the high-profile murder case made a fair trial in Utah County impossible.

According to the court’s opinion, there was nothing improper about the district court denying MacNeill’s motion for a change of venue.



The Associated Press doesn’t normally identify sexual assault victims, but Alexis Somers has agreed to be identified to advocate for other victims.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com

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