Mur­derer ap­peals for new trial

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - SHOWBIZ TODAY -

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.

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