Entwistle Murder Conviction Stands
The state's highest court rejected the Hopkinton resident's appeal.
The Supreme Judicial Court has upheld the murder of Neil Entwistle, the Hopkinton man convicted of killing his wife and 9-month-old daughter in 2006.
“None of the defendant’s claims on appeal warrants reversal of the convictions. We have reviewed the entire trial record ... and conclude that the defendant received a fair trial that was ably tried and judged,” the Supreme Judicial Court said in an opinion released today, and reported in the Boston Globe.
Entwistle’s wife, Rachel, and daughter, Lillian, were found shot in the master bedroom of the family home in Hopkinton on Jan. 22, 2006. Entwistle fled to England, from where he was extradited.
He was convicted in Middlesex Superior Court in 2008 on two counts of first-degree murder.
Among the reasons for Entwistle's request for a new trial was his claim police searched his Hopkinton home without a warrant when they went to check on the well-being of his family, according to an Associated Press report carried on BostonHerald.com.