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Inmate Says Utah Doctor, Martin MacNeill, Told Him He Killed His Wife

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Martin MacNeill speaks to his attorney Randy Spencer, left, before proceedings at the Fourth District Court in Provo Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. MacNeill is charged with murder for allegedly killing his wife Michele MacNeill in 2007. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Mark Johnston, Pool) | AP

SALT LAKE CITY — SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A prison inmate testified Wednesday that a former Utah doctor acknowledged killing his wife by saying he was getting away with murder.

The testimony came as a trial resumed in the case against Martin MacNeill, who is accused of killing his wife so he could be with his mistress.

With prosecutors nearing the end of their mostly circumstantial case, witness Jason Poirier recounted his conversation with MacNeill in December 2012 at Utah County jail — a few months after MacNeill's arrest in the death. Poirier was being held on suspicion of shoplifting at the time.

Poirier said the conversation started when he asked MacNeill how he was able to get away with wearing custom-made shoes in jail. He said MacNeill replied, "'I can get away with a lot of things. I'm getting away with the murder of my wife.'"

A few days later, Poirier said, he asked MacNeill if the remark had been serious.

The doctor replied he was serious, threw up his arms and said, "'Look where I'm at,'" Poirier testified.

Poirier took the witness stand under a limited grant of immunity.

Defense lawyers attacked Poirier's credibility by getting him to acknowledge he thought he would avoid charges or get out of jail by informing on MacNeill.

Three other prison inmates testified Tuesday that MacNeill regularly cursed his wife and bragged that investigators couldn't prove he killed her.

Those inmates were from a federal prison in Texas where MacNeill was held on fraud charges.

Prosecutors are expected to wrap up their case Wednesday.

MacNeill is accused of knocking out Michele MacNeill with drugs after cosmetic surgery, then leaving her in a bathtub.

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