Worksop wife and baby killer seeks USA re-trial

Appeal: Neil Entwistle.
Appeal: Neil Entwistle.

A CONVICTED killer serving life for shooting his wife and baby daughter dead has asked for a re-trial.

Neil Entwistle, aged 32, who is originally from Worksop, was jailed in June 2008 for shooting his American wife Rachel, 27, and their nine-month-old daughter Lillian at their home in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.

He is seeking a new trial at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court - the state’s highest court.

In a statement filed to the court, his lawyer Paul Maidman argues that evidence taken from the couple’s rented house was seized illegally because police did not have the right to search the home without a warrant.

He claims the judge should have suppressed that evidence during Entwistle’s trial, and argues the judge did not question potential jurors thoroughly enough to determine whether they were biased against Entwistle because of the level of local and international news coverage the double murder attracted.

Prosecutors claim Entwistle was in debt and unhappy with his sex life with his wife when he killed her and their only child.

Entwistle, a former IT consultant, left the US the day after the killings, telling police he wanted to be consoled by his parents in the UK.

He claimed he found his wife and daughter cuddled together, dead, in bed.

Entwistle met Rachel, of Kingston, Massachusetts, at college in England in 1999 and the pair moved to the US after the birth of their daughter.