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Martin MacNeill Trial: Jury Finds Utah Doctor Guilty of Killing His Wife

George Frey/Getty Images(SALT LAKE CITY) -- A Utah jury has found Dr. Martin MacNeil guilty of drugging and drowning his wife -- all so he could allegedly pursue an affair with a woman he met online.

MacNeill, 57, has been found guilty of first degree murder and obstruction of justice for the April 11, 2007, death of his wife, Michele MacNeill, 50. The former beauty queen's cause of death has been the main source of contention between the prosecution and defense.

MacNeill will be sentenced Jan. 7 at 1 p.m. His bail will remain at $1 million dollars until sentencing.

Prosecutors said MacNeill persuaded his wife to have plastic surgery so he could dope her up during her recovery and then drown her, clearing the way for his purported mistress, Gypsy Willis, to move in to the family's home.

MacNeill's defense lawyers said heart problems were a contributing factor in the mother of eight's death and that the Utah doctor was not guilty.

His defense attorney, Susanne Gustin, acknowledged at the start of the trial that MacNeill "has made poor choices in his life. We've heard he had affairs during his marriage," she said.

"We may think he is a total jerk, that is absolutely disgusting and that's natural. But it's very critical that during this trial you set aside your emotion," Gustin admonished the jury when the trial began a month ago.

During the three week trial, family fireworks flew as four of MacNeill's daughters testified. One of his oldest daughters, Alexis Somers, told the jury that she believes her father was guilty.

"Ever since the day my mom died, I was concerned that my father killed her," Somers said. "I've been fighting to get justice for this case ever since then."

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Third Man Charged With Acting as Accessory in Hernandez Murder Case

iStockphoto(MIRAMAR, Fla.) -- The third man arrested in connection with the Aaron Hernandez murder case was being held without bail Saturday after he appeared in court in Florida to be arraigned on a charge of acting as an accessory after murder.

Ernest Wallace, 41, turned himself after his wanted poster was released Thursday night. He told police in Miramar, Fla., "that he saw his name in news reports and knew he had a warrant for his arrest," according to an announcement from police.

Wallace was being held pending his return to Massachusetts to face charges.

It was unclear whether he would challenge extradition to Massachusetts, but state authorities there told ABC News there have been no arrangements made at this point to transport him.

Authorities confirmed that Wallace, along with Hernandez and Carlos Ortiz, of Bristol, Conn., who allegedly were there when 27-year-old Odin Lloyd was murdered, were all in custody.

Massachusetts prosecutors say that even though Lloyd, a semi-pro football player, was a friend of Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end allegedly murdered him on June 17.

In the days before the killing, authorities said, Hernandez and Lloyd had a dispute about people Lloyd was talking to at a nightclub. Then on June 17, Hernandez allegedly took Lloyd on a drive with two other people and shot him five times, execution-style. Lloyd first tried to fight, according to a gruesome description laid out in court Thursday, but he was no match for .45-caliber bullets.

Hernandez pled not guilty to the murder charge.

Ortiz, 27, also pled not guilty at his court appearance in North Attleboro, Mass. on Friday. He was ordered to be held without bail on weapons charges.

Prosecutors have not revealed much about the final dispute between Lloyd and Hernandez or details on the NFL star's alleged motive in the killing.

Law-enforcement sources told ABC News that detectives are focusing on whether Lloyd was killed because of information he might have had concerning a July 2012 double homicide for which Hernandez is now being investigated.

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US Open Tennis Referee Murder Case Dismissed 

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- It was a moment of vindication for Lois Goodman as she cut off the police monitoring bracelet she wore after charges were dropped against the 70-year-old tennis referee who was accused of bludgeoning her husband to death.

“I’ve always maintained my innocence. I’m just thrilled to get back to my life,” Goodman said outside of court on Friday, shortly after the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced it had dropped the charges against Goodman.

“Based upon the info we have at this time, we are announcing we are unable to proceed,” said Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office.

Alan Goodman, 80, died in April at his California home. The referee said she found her husband dead in bed, saying she believed he had crawled there to rest after a terrible fall.

Investigators initially believed Alan Goodman had fallen down the stairs, but later classified the death as a homicide after suspicious head injuries were reported.

In August, shortly before she was scheduled to oversee a match at the U.S. Open, Lois Goodman, who was in uniform, was arrested in New York City.

Prosecutors said they believed the 70-year-old left her husband for dead in April, while going off to a tennis match and to get a manicure.

Through it all, Goodman maintained her innocence and insisted her husband died after he fell down the stairs and hit his head on a coffee cup.

“My mother would never do something like this ever, not in a million years,” Goodman’s daughter Allison Rogers said. “She’s completely innocent.”

The defense hired a polygraph expert, Jack Trimarco, to administer a lie detector test to Goodman.

He concluded the longtime referee is an “innocent woman.”

“I asked, ‘Did you kill Alan Goodman?’ And ‘At your residence, did you kill your husband?’” he said. “There was no physiological reaction attached to those answers that she gave, which were no.”

It’s possible charges could be brought against Goodman in the future, but for now, she’s reveling in her freedom, her attorney Allison Triess said.

“It’s an amazing day for justice,” she said. “And Ms. Goodman has gone through hell with this case.”

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