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The Entwistle Murder Case

Background and Latest Developments


Neil Entwistle

Neil Entwistle

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On Jan. 22, 2006, the bodies of Rachel Entwistle, 27, and her nine-month old daughter, Lillian Rose, were found shot to death under the covers of a bed in their Hopkinton, Massachusetts home. Neil Entwistle, husband and father of the murder victims, had flown to London to see his parents in England the day before the bodies were found and the day after police believe they were killed.

Latest Developments

Court Denies Entwistle Appeal
Jan. 14, 2013
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.

Previous Developments

Neil Entwistle Found Guilty of Murder
June 25, 2008
Neil Entwistle was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm without a license in the deaths of his wife and nine-month old daughter in January 2006. The jury deliberated for part of two days before returning a guilty verdict on all counts.

Testimony Continues in Entwistle Murder Trial
http://crime.about.com/b/2008/06/11/testimony-continues-in-entwistle-murder-trial.htm June 10, 2008
Prosecuting attorneys in the murder trial of Neil Entwistle have spent the first week of testimony establishing the fact that he had access to the gun used to kill his wife and child and he knew how to use it.

Neil Entwistle Murder Trial Begins
June 2, 2008
In spite of concerns by defense attorneys about too much pretrial media coverage of the case, the murder trial of Neil Entwistle is scheduled to get underway today in Middlesex, Massachusetts, Superior Court.

Advocates Upset Over Neil Entwistle Request
April 28, 2008
Domestic abuse advocates were infuriated after Neil Entwistle, accused of killing his wife and baby girl, requested $5,000 for his defense team to hire a jury selection expert. Superior Court Judge Diane M. Kottmyer denied the request.

Neil Entwistle Trial Delayed Again
Feb. 6, 2008
The trial of a Massachusetts man accused of killing his wife and nine-months-old daughter has been delayed until June to allow one of his attorneys to recover from surgery.

Judge Rejects Delay for Entwistle Trial
Nov. 16, 2007
Middlesex Superior Court Diane Kottmyer has rejected another request from attorneys for Neil Entwistle to delay the start of his murder trial. Entwistle's trial for the murder of his wife and daughter is scheduled to begin January 28.

DNA at Center of Entwistle Murder Case
Oct. 9, 2006
Prosecutors requested a DNA sample directly from Neil Entwistle, prompting the defense to argue that authorities did not have enough evidence to arrest their client if they don't already have the DNA evidence they need.

Neil Entwistle Pleads Not Guilty
Feb. 16, 2006
A handcuffed and shackled Neil Entwistle entered a plea of not guilty to the first-degree murders of his wife and daughter the day after he was returned from England to face charges in the United States.

Entwistle Told Police He 'Found Bodies'
Feb. 11, 2006
According to court papers, Neil Entwistle told Massachusetts police that he found the bodies of his slain wife Jan. 20 and daughter and considered killing himself, but decided to fly to England the next day because he wanted to see his parents.

Neil Entwistle Charged With Murder
Feb. 9, 2006
Neil Entwistle, whose wife and daughter were found shot to death and left under the bed covers in their Massachusetts home, has been arrested in England and charged with two counts of murder, illegal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.

Entwistle Skips Funeral of Wife, Daughter
Feb. 2, 2006
Services for Rachel Entwistle, 27, and her nine-month old daughter, Lillian Rose, were held at St. Peter's Church in Plymouth, Massachusetts Wednesday while the husband and father of the two murder victims remained secluded inside his parents' home in Worksop, England.

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