A Kentucky doctor accused of killing his wife with a pontoon boat pleaded not guilty to her murder in a Boyle District Court in the town of Danville, Ky. Tuesday morning.

Isabel MacVicar Hall, 49, formerly of Sydney River, was struck by the boat’s propeller during a Friday afternoon boating trip on Herrington Lake, Boyle County, with her husband, Dr. Steven Hall, 46.

The coroner’s report said she died from “massive head trauma.”


Hall told police he accidentally ran over his wife of 21 years and that he had just wanted to scare her.

Det. Bill Collins of the Kentucky State Police wrote in his police report that Hall “admitted that he and his wife were in a physical altercation and he threw her off of the boat into the lake.”

There were five witnesses that stated “this was an intentional act,” Collins wrote. Hall remains in the Boyle County jail with no bond.

MacVicar Hall was the eldest daughter of Duncan and Christine MacVicar of Sydney River.

“I’d really like to talk to you right now but we’re just not having any comments at this time,” MacVicar Hall's sister, Beth-Anne, told the Cape Breton Post on Tuesday.

Beth-Anne mentioned that “Cape Breton was the home of her heart” before hanging up.

MacVicar Hall, a graduate of Mount Saint Vincent University who devoted many years to home schooling her two boys, vacationed with her family and extended family in Cape Dauphin, Victoria County, each summer.

The Halls moved to central Kentucky from Canada 12 years ago, according to one of Hall’s colleagues at his medical practice.

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