Martin MacNeill (Who is Martin MacNeill? ) returns to court in Utah for a competency hearing tomorrow. MacNeill has been on suicide watch since his failed suicide attempt while in custody early last month. He is scheduled to go to trial for forcible sexual assault against one of his daughters on February 4th. However his attorney, Randy Spencer filed the following motion for a competency hearing last week, his request was granted and the hearing is set for tomorrow.
“The manner in which he is being housed (at the Utah County Jail) is slowly killing him, and having a significant effect on his mental health to the point that I seriously question his competency to reasonably assist me in preparing for trial and meaningfully during a trial.”
“Mr. MacNeill continues to be housed in an isolation cell in a suicide robe and in circumstances that are worse than even the medical unit. He continues to have lights shined on him 24 hours a day and to not be able to get restful sleep or receive an appropriate vegetarian meal for physical nourishment. If he is moved outside of his isolation cell even to go to the shower room, he is now cuffed and chained — a procedure that was not used when he was in the medical unit.”
“It is my observation and belief that Mr. MacNeill’s condition is bad and worsening. He appears to have lost a substantial amount of weight. His face is drawn; his eyes are perpetually red. He is gaunt. He is isolated from personal interaction. He has been informed that as long as he is in the Utah County Jail, he will be on suicide watch with the same treatment as described above.
He does not seem to care about the pending trial or how it may affect him, which is a completely different mental state for him than my past experience over the last six and a half years of representation.”
Poor Martin is not happy with his jail accommodations.
MacNeill has not yet been sentenced for the murder of his wife in 2007. His attorneys have filed a motion for retrial citing prosecutorial misconduct. During the trial, “Inmate #1” testified that MacNeill admitted to him that he drugged and drowned his wife while they were prison bunkies. He stated under oath that he was not given a deal by the prosecution for early release. However, despite his release date of 2016, Inmate #1 was released shortly after MacNeill’s conviction. Prosecutors still contend there was no deal given.
If you missed my coverage of Martin MacNeill last fall, you can get caught up here!