Murderer appeals for new trial
A BRITISH man serving a life sentence in the US for murdering his wife and baby daughter has appealed against his conviction.
Neil Entwistle, 32, was jailed in June 2008 for shooting Rachel, 27, and nine-month-old Lillian at their home in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, in 2006.
He is now arguing for a new trial because police searched his home without a warrant when they came to check on the well-being of his family.
His lawyer Stephen Paul Maidman argued that evidence taken from the home was seized illegally.
“The two warrantless entries into the defendant’s house by the police violated the federal and state constitutions,” Mr Maidman claimed.
But prosecutors have said police were justified in entering the home because they were responding to the pleas of concerned relatives and friends.
Entwistle’s lawyer also argued that judge Diane Kottmyer did not question potential jurors thoroughly enough to determine whether they were biased against Entwistle, after the case received intense local and international news coverage.