Doctor convicted of murder wants separate sex abuse conviction tossed


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PROVO, Utah — The attorney for a Utah doctor who was convicted of killing his wife wants a separate sex abuse conviction thrown out.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that ( Martin MacNeill's lawyer, Randall Spencer, filed a motion this week asking the judge to dismiss the conviction because of a tape recording police lost from 2007.

A judge denied the motion when Spencer made the same attempt earlier this year prior to the trial.

In early July, a jury convicted MacNeill of sexually abusing his adult daughter, Alexis Somers. The Associated Press doesn't normally use the names of alleged victims of sexual crimes but is identifying Somers because she asked to be identified.

In November, a jury found him guilty of murder in the 2007 death of his wife, Michele MacNeill.

Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune,

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