Entwistle loses US murder appeal case

Published:  16 Aug at 10 AM
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A British man found guilty of murdering his American wife and baby daughter in 2006 and jailed for life in 2008 has lost his appeal in the US against his conviction.

Thirty-two-year-old Neil Entwistle was found guilty of murdering his 27-year-old wife Rachel and their nine-month-old baby daughter Lillian Rose. But his lawyer claimed that some of the evidence which led to his conviction was taken illegally and that media coverage may have affected the jurors’ decisions. However, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court did not alter the ruling and stated that he received a fair trial.

Entwistle, a former IT consultant from Nottinghamshire, departed the States for the UK just one day after the killings in January 2006. However, Britain later extradited him to the US where he was later tried and received a life sentence in prison with no chance of parole.

In June last year, he filed a bid for retrial at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Entwistle’s lawyer, Stephen Paul Maidman, claimed that police carried out two searches of the family home in the US state without a warrant and took evidence that should not have allowed to have been on display during the trial.

The lawyer also argued that the judge failed to properly scrutinise would-be jurors to check if they had any bias against the Brit after the media used “inflammatory and saturating” coverage. But Justice Ralph Gants, who made the appeal decision, said that Entwistle got a fair trial.
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