Entwistle Conviction Review

The US Supreme Court is due to review the conviction of Nottinghamshire man Neil Entwistle, who killed his wife and 9-month-old baby.

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Judge on Neil Entwistle conviction appeal decision

None of the defendant's claims on appeal warrant reversal of the convictions.

We have reviewed the entire trial record and conclude that the defendant received a fair trial that was able tried and judged.

The interests of justice do not require the entry of a verdict of a lesser degree of guilt on the murder convictions or a new trial.

– JUSTICE RALPH GANTS, MASSACHUSETTS SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT

Neil Entwistle's lawyers had sought a re-trial

Neil Entwistle's lawyers had sought a re-trial
Neil Entwistle's lawyers had sought a re-trial Credit: PA Pictures

Lawyers for Neil Entwistle had sought a re-trial, arguing evidence obtained during the warrantless searches of the family home in Massachusetts while police were looking for his wife and daughter should have been dismissed at the trial.

But Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the state's highest court, today upheld the conviction.

Background to Neil Entwistle's double murder conviction

Neil Entwistle, originally from Worksop, Notts, was jailed in June 2008 after being convicted of shooting his wife Rachel, 27, and their nine-month-old daughter Lillian in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, on January 20 2006.

The former IT worker left the US the day after the killings. He told police he had left because he wanted to be consoled by his parents in the UK.

He said he found his wife and daughter cuddled together in bed, dead of apparent gunshot wounds, after he returned home from running errands.

Entwistle was extradited to the US for trial where he was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole at Middlesex County Superior Court in Woburn, Massachusetts, with the judge calling Entwistle's crimes "incomprehensible".

A man serving a life sentence in America for killing his wife and baby daughter loses appeal against conviction

Neil Entwistle
Neil Entwistle loses appeal against his conviction Credit: PA Pictures

A man serving a life sentence in America for killing his wife and baby daughter has lost an appeal against his conviction.

Neil Entwistle from Worksop in Nottinghamshire was jailed for shooting dead his wife Rachel and their nine month old daughter Lillian.

His lawyers argued for a new trial, claiming evidence taken from their home in Massachusetts was seized illegally

The Supreme Judicial Court said

“None of the defendant’s claims on appeal warrants reversal of the convictions. We have reviewed the entire trial record ... and conclude that the defendant received a fair trial that was ably tried and judged.”

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