Sunday, June 29, 2008

Entwistle Found Guilty Of Murdering Wife Daughter

From the AP:

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) -- A British man who fled the U.S. after his wife and baby were shot to death was convicted of murder Wednesday by a jury that rejected defense claims that the mother killed her daughter and herself as they snuggled in bed.

Neil Entwistle, 29, closed his eyes and shook his head slightly upon being found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his wife, Rachel, 27, and their 9-month-old baby, Lillian Rose.

The defense didn't call any witnesses but during closing arguments Entwistle's defense attorney claimed that Entwistle's wife killed their daughter before committing suicide. I heard one legal expert say that the defense lawyer didn't raise this theory through a forensic expert's testimony since that theory would be blasted wide open during cross examination.

From the news coverage I've seen it doesn't sound like the jury ever considered this theory as having any forensic merit.

Despite the jury verdict, Entwistle's mother made statements to the press after the verdict accusing her murdered daughter-in-law of being the real criminal who took away her granddaughter. Disgusting.

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