Nancy Grace was seemingly insulted by a CNN host when she appeared on network Friday night to discuss the trial of Martin MacNiell, who is accused of murdering his wife. After Grace admitted not knowing all the facts of the case, CNN’s Chris Cuomo replied, “that won’t stop you.”
The remark didn’t appear to be mean-spirited, but it did point out Grace’s history of speculating and theorizing on big cases long before all the facts are known. She has been accused by critics of convicting individuals in the so-called “court of public opinion” before they get their day in court.
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Grace went on to say that there are too many unanswered questions in the death of Michele MacNeill, including why she was found in “one of those deep dish bathtubs.”
“What was she doing fully dressed in the bathtub pumped full of those meds?” Grace asked.
The Associated Press has more background on the case:
MacNeill, 57, was charged in August 2012, nearly five years after his wife was found in the couple’s Pleasant Grove home. The case shocked the Mormon community of Provo, 45 miles south of Salt Lake City, because the suspect was a doctor and had been a church leader. He was clinical director at the Utah State Hospital but has surrendered his medical license.
The drugs his wife was taking weren’t common for someone getting a face-lift, the surgeon, Dr. Scott Thomson, testified Thursday. He said he would not normally prescribe Valium or Oxycodone, among other painkillers and sleeping pills, for recovery, but did so “because Martin was a physician and he asked me for these things.”
Michele MacNeill required only antibiotics, and he advised her to use painkillers sparingly, Thomson said.
Von Welch, another doctor who examined Michele MacNeill before cosmetic surgery, said her husband was eager to “get things going.” Welch was surprised the couple rejected his advice to put off the surgery until she got her high blood pressure under control.
This story has been updated.
Editor’s note: A previous version of this story wrongly attributed a quote to Cuomo instead of Grace.