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Friday, 1 July 2011

Wife and baby murderer Neil Entwistle appeals against his convictions in US court

BRITISH man serving life in the US for shooting dead his wife and baby daughter is seeking a retrial.

Neil Entwistle, 32, claims evidence taken from his home by police was seized illegally and the jury may have been biased due to intense media coverage.

He was jailed in 2008 for the murders of American Rachel, 27, and nine-month-old Lillian Rose in 2006 in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.

In his appeal at the state’s Supreme Judicial Court, his lawyer Stephen Maidman argued: “Two warrantless entries violated the federal and state constitutions.”

But prosecutors said police were justified in entering the home in response to the pleas of worried relatives. Officers found the bodies during their second search.

District attorney Gerry Leone said at the hearing it was “a fair and just trial”.

IT consultant Entwistle, from Worksop, Notts, fled to Britain after the murders.



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