Less than a month after being convicted of his wife Michele’s murder, Martin MacNeill tried to commit suicide in his jail cell.
ABC News is reporting that prison guards intervened on Thursday, after discovering that MacNeill had dismantled a disposable razor blade and had used it to cut his leg and femoral artery. He had been given the disposable razor to use for 15 minutes so that he could shave, which is normal protocol for inmates.
He was transferred to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, and will remain there until he recovers. His injuries are reportedly not life-threatening.
MacNeill was convicted last month of first-degree murder and obstruction of justice, and his sentencing is scheduled for January 7, 2014.
He is also facing another trial in February 2014 for allegedly sexually abusing one of his daughters after his wife’s death.
According to the Miami Herald, MacNeill’s attorney, Randy Spencer, said that MacNeill didn’t seem depressed when he saw him earlier last week.
“He was normal — even smiling as we talked…From my observation, he didn’t seem depressed. He obviously, since the verdict, has been disappointed that he was convicted of something he didn’t do. He was dealing with it as well as anyone could.”
Alexis Somers, one of the MacNeill daughters, told reporters that she was aware of the suicide attempt.
You can read my prior posts about MacNeill’s trial, including post-verdict reactions, HERE.