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Court Denies Entwistle Appeal

By January 15, 2013

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The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to review the case of a Massachusetts man who was convicted of killing his wife and daughter then fleeing to London. The court voted not to hear the appeal of Neil Entwistle, who was convicted of killing his wife Rachel and daughter Lillian in 2008.

The case was one of several listed on the court's website that were not granted certiorari.

On Jan. 22, 2006, the bodies of Rachel, 27, and her nine-month old daughter were found shot to death under the covers of a bed in their Hopkinton, Massachusetts home after Rachel's mother and her friends became concerned and asked police for help.

A Warrantless Search?

Entwistle's attorneys argued in their appeal that when the police entered the home it amounted to a warrantless search. The Massachusetts high court ruled against Entwistle, saying the police were justified in entering the home because they were giving "emergency aid" to someone they believed was injured or in danger.

The Supreme Court apparently agreed, letting the lower court ruling stand.

Jurors deliberated parts of two days in 2008 before returning guilty verdicts against Entwistle for two counts of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm without a license. Entwistle took a gun from his stepfather's gun cabinet to commit the crimes, testimony revealed.

See Also:
US Supreme Court Won't Hear Entwistle Murder Appeal

Background:
The Entwistle Murder Case

What's Your Opinion?
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