UV crime: Modern-day Porter Rockwell arrested, killer tries to kill self


Nu Skin co-founder arrested

Nedra McKell, one of the Nu Skin co-founders, was arrested this week on charges that she harassed a woman who accused McKell’s husband of sexual assault. She’s charged with three counts of witness retaliation, abuse of a vulnerable adult and violation of a protective order.

The sex abuse case against her husband, Robert Clark McKell, is pending.

Nedra McKell hasn’t been involved with Nu Skin for many years.

Former AG’s “Porter Rockwell” arrested

The FBI and officers from the Utah Department of Public Safety arrested Provo resident Tim Lawson on Thursday, the man who described himself as former attorney general Mark Shurtleff’s “Porter Rockwell.” Lawson faces six charges, including tax evasion, pattern of unlawful activity, witness intimidation and obstruction of justice. Officers also searched his home.

Lawson has close ties to Shurtleff as well as to the most recent former attorney general, John Swallow.

Lawson was booked into the Utah County Jail on $250,000 bail.

Martin MacNeill tries to kill self

Martin MacNeill, who was convicted of killing his wife, tried to kill himself with a disposable razor at the Utah County Jail. During his 15-minute shaving period, he took the razor apart and cut his femoral artery. Deputies found him in time and got him to the hospital.

MacNeill hasn’t been sentenced in the murder case, and also is awaiting trial on a sex abuse case.

Convicted killer to get at least another day in court

A judge has ruled once again that Benjamin Rettig can stand trial for obstruction of justice. Rettig pleaded guilty to killing former BYU professor Kay Mortensen and had agreed to testify against his codefendant, but then refused, leading to the obstruction charge.

Rettig’s attorney plans to appeal.

Accused cop shooter to be released from hospital

A 21-year-old man charged with shooting at police officers who were serving a search warrant at his home will be released from the Utah State Hospital. Several officers suffered minor injuries in the November 2012 incident.

Alex Opmanis had previously suffered a brain injury and may never be competent to stand trial. Though he won’t be in custody, his case remains open.


Amie Rose has more than 14 years of experience writing and editing at newspapers in Utah and New Mexico. She graduated from BYU with a degree in journalism. She lives in Utah Valley with her husband, toddler and crazy dog.

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