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    A British man has been found guilty of murdering his American wife and nine-month-old baby by a US jury.
    Neil Entwistle, 29, of Worksop, Notts, fled to the UK after killing wife Rachel, 27, and Lillian Rose, at their home in Massachusetts in January 2006.
    He faces life in prison without the possibility of parole when sentenced for first degree murder later.
    Entwistle had denied the charges and his lawyers said they would appeal against the convictions.
    Jurors at Middlesex County Superior Court in Woburn, Massachusetts, had deliberated for 13 hours.
    They rejected the defence that Rachel had killed their baby before turning the gun on herself, and that Entwistle had covered it up to "protect her honour".
    Entwistle, wearing a black suit with a blue tie, looked down as the jury returned its verdicts, before closing his eyes.
    Neil Entwistle had denied killing his wife and daughter


    As well as being found guilty of the murders, he was convicted of two other charges: illegal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.
    Speaking after the case, Rachel Entwistle's stepfather, Joseph Matterazzo, thanked all those who had offered their support to the family.
    He said: "We just want to thank everybody for their prayers, their cards and their support - it was a tremendous help over the last two and a half years."
    Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone said it was a "true, just and right verdict".
    He said that this April, Lilian Rose would have been three years old.
    "She should have been here walking, talking, playing," he said, but, this had not happened because of the "reprehensible acts of Neil Entwistle".
    "I condemn Neil Entwistle for his unspeakable, unforgivable acts, but I condemn Neil Entwistle for compounding the unspeakable nature of what he has done by disparaging the memory of his wife and vilifying the entire Matarazzo family by his decisions during the course of this trial," he continued.

    District Attorney Gerry Leone reacts to the verdict


    Joseph Flaherty, spokesman for Rachel Entwistle's family, said in a statement on the family's behalf: "We may never know why this happened but we do know that Rachel and Lillian Rose loved and trusted Neil Entwistle.
    "Neil Entwistle's actions on 20 January 2006 betrayed that love and trust. Neil Entwistle will now live with his evil deeds for the rest of his natural life only to be judged again.
    "Rachel and Lillian Rose left us too soon in life but they will rest in peace together, forever in each others arms and we will see them again some day. Their spirit will give us the strength to carry on."
    Entwistle's parents Clifford and Yvonne made statements in which they maintained their son was innocent.
    We will continue to fight for our innocent son in the hope that some day justice will prevail and our little grand-daughter Lilly will rest in peace


    Clifford Entwistle


    Mrs Entwistle said she still believed that her daughter-in-law had been depressed at the time she died.
    Clifford Entwistle said: "We will continue to fight for our innocent son in the hope that some day justice will prevail and our little grand-daughter Lilly will rest in peace."
    Entwistle's lawyer Elliot Weinstein said that "in a different environment" another jury would have reached a different result.
    He said he was confident that an appeal against the conviction would succeed, claiming that the police had made "unlawful entries" when they entered the Entwistle house after the killings.
    Returned gun
    During the two-week trial the jury heard that Entwistle was in debt and had a secret life in which he trawled the internet for escorts and looked at websites about bankruptcy, killing and suicide.
    A post-mortem examination found Mrs Entwistle had been shot in the forehead at close range, and Lillian was killed with a bullet which passed through her abdomen and lodged above her mother's left breast as she cradled her child protectively on the bed.
    The defence insisted that Mrs Entwistle had been depressed and had killed her daughter, then herself.
    Prosecutors said Entwistle researched methods of killing


    They said that Entwistle had returned the gun used to kill the pair to his father-in-law's house in an attempt to protect his wife's honour.
    Entwistle's defence was that after discovering the bodies he did not call the emergency services but instead got a knife to kill himself, but could not go through with it.
    Instead, he bought a one-way ticket to London and flew out without any luggage, eventually arriving at his parents' house in Worksop.
    From there he wrote a letter handing over all burial arrangements to his in-laws. He did not attend his wife and daughter's funeral.
    In total, 46 witness gave evidence and the trial attracted huge media interest on both sides of the Atlantic. From the start of the case Entwistle's lawyers argued that a fair trial was impossible because the case had received so much publicity.

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    He did it. What a horrible thing-how could he?
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    i'm glad they found him guilty, that bastard.
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    He returned the gun to protect his wife's honor???? Oh, please!!!

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    I thought The Independent's article about the case was wildly biased in favor of Entwistle, who is clearly and overwhelmingly guilty, and against the US. Yes, how dare we prosecute a criminal according to OUR laws? What a bunch of assholes we are.

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    ^I don't see a bias. As far as I can tell, it represented both sides-after reading it, I can't decide whether he is guilty or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aella View Post
    ^I don't see a bias. As far as I can tell, it represented both sides-after reading it, I can't decide whether he is guilty or not.
    I think it's clear that he is. Who tries to commit suicide by cuddling a baby, then reaching around and shooting it in the chest while it's on top of you, then having the presence of mind with one bullet already in your chest to shoot yourself in the forehead at point-blank range? It's ridiculous. He killed them. He's guilty.

    As for Massachusetts being in the "minority" of states without the DP, that doesn't make one damn bit of difference. So what if they don't? Even if he'd murdered them here, the UK would refuse to extradite him unless prosecutors here agreed to not seek the death penalty so he wouldn't have ever faced it anyway. Bringing that into the article smacks of politics and moral superiority.

    I also didn't care for the way they criticized the length of the jury's deliberations. Many serious cases in the UK have been decided in far less time, and 11 hours is not that short especially with such a weak defense. Frankly, I was surprised they took as long as they did. It would have taken me 11 seconds.

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    I watched the verdict on Sky news...honestly when they said Guilty of first degree murder there was nothing...no remorse no sadness nothing. In fact at one point i thought he was going to start laughing.

    His side of what happened just doesnt ring true at all...he didn't call the police because he didn't want to make his wife look bad - so instead he hops on a plane and comes back to England!!!

    What an ass!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlo25 View Post
    I watched the verdict on Sky news...honestly when they said Guilty of first degree murder there was nothing...no remorse no sadness nothing. In fact at one point i thought he was going to start laughing.

    His side of what happened just doesnt ring true at all...he didn't call the police because he didn't want to make his wife look bad - so instead he hops on a plane and comes back to England!!!

    What an ass!
    I couldn't believe his bastard parents accusing his dead wife of murdering her own child. They're all SCUM.

    His actions after he "found" the bodies (i.e. after he murdered them) simply reek of guilt. He covered the bodies. He bought a one-way ticket to England. He didn't call the police. What a fucking liar he is. He killed them sure as I'm sitting here.

    I hope he gets ass-raped every day in prison until he dies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tee-ha-ha View Post
    I couldn't believe his bastard parents accusing his dead wife of murdering her own child. They're all SCUM.

    His actions after he "found" the bodies (i.e. after he murdered them) simply reek of guilt. He covered the bodies. He bought a one-way ticket to England. He didn't call the police. What a fucking liar he is. He killed them sure as I'm sitting here.

    I hope he gets ass-raped every day in prison until he dies.
    ITA. I'm so glad he was found guilty.

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