Killer husband Neil Entwistle loses appeal bid over murder of wife and daughter in USA
A NOTTS man convicted of murdering his wife and baby at their US home has failed in a formal appeal against his conviction.
Neil Entwistle, 33, was jailed in June, 2008, for shooting Rachel, 27, and nine-month-old Lillian at their Massachusetts home on January 20, 2006.
Entwistle, a former IT consultant from Kilton, Worksop, formally filed an appeal in April after arguing he should receive a fresh trial because police searched his home without a warrant when they arrived to check on his family.
But Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rejected the appeal against his conviction yesterday.
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Justice Ralph Gants said: "None of the defendant's claims on appeal warrant reversal of the convictions."
Prosecutors said police were justified in entering the property because they were responding to concerns about the family raised by relatives.
Entwistle was sentenced to life imprisonment. He was also given 10 years' probation for two firearms offences.
During the trial the court heard Entwistle left the US the day after the killings claiming he wanted to be consoled by his parents.
He said he found his wife and daughter shot dead in bed.
Friends giving evidence said the couple appeared to have had a happy marriage.