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Entwistle Guilty in Murders of Wife, Daughter

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Published on Jun 25, 2008

PlusEntwistle Guilty in Murders of Wife, DaughterEntwistle Guilty in Murders of Wife, DaughterThe Associated PressA British man who fled the United States after his wife and baby daughter were shot to death was convicted Wednesday of murdering them. Jurors deliberated less than 2 days. (June 25)[Notes:ANCHOR VOICE] (SOUND OF VERDICT)After a day and a half of deliberations, a jury found Neil Entwistle guilty of murdering his wife and infant daughter.27-year-old Rachel Entwistle and nine-month-old Lillian were found shot-to-death in their Massachusetts home more than two years ago. (SOT: JOE FLAHERTY/FAMILY SPOKESMAN)(16:26:50) 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 JANUARY 20TH 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. Prosecutors told the jury that Entwistle stole his father-in-law's .22-caliber handgun and used it to shoot his wife and daughter. He later drove more than 50 miles to return the gun. The following day, he flew to his native England without calling police.The defense told the jury that his wife killed their daughter, then committed suicide. [Notes:possible bite by Entwistle's parents]((SOT ENTWISTLE'S MOM: I KNEW RACHEL WAS DEPRESSED. OUR SON WILL NOW GO TO JAIL FOR LOVING HONORING AND PROTECTING HIS WIFE'S MEMORY.//FATHER: WE WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR OUR SON IN HOPES THAT ONE DAY JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL AND OUR LITTLE GRANDDAUGHTER MAY REST IN PEACE.)) His attorney said Entwistle found his wife and daughter dead of gunshot wounds and returned the gun to his father-in-law's house to protect his wife from the shame of suicide.(SOT: GERRY LEONE/DISTRICT ATTORNEY)(16:21:02) 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 Matterazzo FAMILY BY HIS DECISIONS DURING THE COURSE OF THIS TRIAL. Entwistle's defense attorneys will continue to press their case on appeal that the trial should have been moved to another jurisdiction because of intense pre-trial media coverage.(SOT: ELLIOT WEINSTEIN/DEFENSE ATTORNEY)(15:19:56) WE DISAGREE WITH THE RESULT THAT THE JURY REACHED. WE DISAGREE WITH THEIR VIEW OF THE EVIDENCE AND WE BELIEVE THAT UNDER A DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT, PEOPLE SELECTED TO HEAR THIS EVIDENCE WOULD HAVE REACHED A DIFFERENT RESULT. Prosecutors say Entwistle was unemployed and deep in debt. They say he was unsatisfied with his sex life and was looking for sex partners online. The prosecution argues those factors led Entwistle to kill his wife and child.

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