Double murderer’s conviction appeal

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A MAN from Worksop given two life sentences for murdering his American wife and baby daughter is appealing against his convictions.

Neil Entwistle, aged 32, was convicted of shooting dead wife Rachel and daughter Lillian Rose, at their Massachusetts home in January 2006.

Entwistle, who grew up in Worksop but moved to the US after marrying his wife, whom he met at York University, claims he deserves a retrial because police did not have a search warrant when they searched the property.

He claims because there was no warrant, evidence seized from the house was taken illegally and should not have been used in his trial.

Entwistle also argues the judge did not question potential jurors thoroughly enough to check for bias against him in light of intense international media coverage of the case.

Stephen Maidman, Entwistle’s lawyer, said the pretrial coverage had been ‘saturating and inflammatory’.

Gerry Leone, the district attorney for Middlesex whose office prosecuted the case, said: “He received a commendable defence and a fair and just trial under our laws.”