Prosecutors dragged a bathtub into court for the first days of their case against Martin MacNeill and questioned whether the Utah doctor actually tried to save his wife after pulling her lifeless body onto the bathroom floor.
Martin MacNeill is accused of drugging his wife with a powerful cocktail of prescriptions and then drowning her as she recovered from face-lift surgery in 2007.
MacNeill, who has pleaded not guilty, could face life in prison if convicted. His attorneys say investigators were so intent on pointing the finger at MacNeill that they overlooked the simple fact that his wife died from natural causes.
Here's what happened in the first week of testimony and here's what is expected in the weeks to come:
Surgeon says MacNeill wanted stronger drugs for his wife
The plastic surgeon who operated on Michele MacNeill just days before her death was the first witness called to the stand on Thursday. Dr. Scott Thompson testified that it was Michele's husband who asked him to prescribe more medications than he normally would have. Michele was found with several drugs in her system, including Valium, Percocet, Phenergan and Ambien.
"Martin indicated to me that he was very concerned about his wife, that she didn't handle pain well, that she got very anxious and he was just concerned that she wouldn't do well without having these other options available," Thompson said.
"Would you have entrusted Michele with these drugs on her own?" asked Deputy County Attorney Jared Perkins.
"Not the ones I had prescribed," replied Thompson, who said he only agreed to do it for Martin MacNeill because he was also a physician. Thompson recalled warning Michele about combining the drugs and her expressing a desire to take as little medication as possible after her surgery.
A surgery almost delayed
The doctor tasked with clearing Michele MacNeill for her face-lift surgery also testified on the first day of the trial. Dr. Von Welch described the mother as quiet, with little to say during their examination. At one point, he said, he asked to speak with her alone.
"I asked the defendant (Martin MacNeill) to leave the examining room because he was answering all the questions for her," Welch testified. That's when, he said, Michele MacNeill told him that "she was very depressed and stressed ... she did not provide details."
Welch was concerned about Michele MacNeill's blood pressure and advised the couple to hold off on the surgery.
"(Martin MacNeill) was a little bit animated, a little bit excited to try and get things going," Welch said. "At the point where I suggested things wait, there was a little bit of disappointment."
He told the prosecutors that this reaction felt abnormal to him.
Neighbors have suspicions about MacNeill's CPR attempts
Neighbor Doug Daniels took the stand on the second day of testimony and described how he performed chest compressions on Michele MacNeill after helping her husband pull her out of the tub.
Daniels described Martin MacNeill's behavior as "very analytical and very in control and very calm. And other times he was ... a little bit frustrated and he would holler out. A couple of times he would tell me to stop and he would thump on her chest -- I believe he did it two or maybe three times -- where he would beat on her chest with the bottom part of his hand. I assumed it was to try and start her heart or something. So he would have a bit of an outburst and then tell me calmly, 'OK, continue.'"
Martin MacNeill was also making comments such as, "Why, why would you do this? All because of a stupid surgery," according to Daniels.
Kristi Daniels, Doug's wife, along with another neighbor, Angie Aguilar, were also in the bathroom that morning and testified Friday. All three of them report seeing a lot of mucus around Michele MacNeill's nose and mouth but never seeing this transfer to her husband, who was giving her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Doug Daniels said on cross-examination, however, that he said in the past that he saw Martin MacNeill grab for something to wipe the mucus from Michele's face.
The neighbors also say they never saw Michele's chest rise as her husband was breathing for her. "He very easily could have been doing nothing, you know what I mean?" said Doug Daniels.
How was Michele MacNeill's body found?
The bathtub prosecutors brought into the courtroom for the second day of testimony was used by the neighbors to show how Michele's body was positioned that morning. They all agreed that her head was near the faucet while her feet were at the other end.
This point is important for the prosecution, who said in opening statements that Martin MacNeill told investigators he found his wife slumped over the side of the tub, with her head down in the water.
None of the investigators who heard this from MacNeill have taken the stand yet. Only one police officer, Ray Ormond, has testified so far and he said he overheard MacNeill describe the position of his wife's body as slumped down inside the tub -- not over the edge.