By Denise LaVoie, AP Legal Affairs Writer

BOSTON (AP) — A British man who was convicted of fatally shooting his wife and 9-month-old daughter in 2006 has filed his appeal, arguing that he should get a new trial because police searched his Massachusetts home without a warrant when they went to check on the well-being of his family.

Neil Entwistle was convicted in 2008 in the murders of his wife, Rachel, and baby daughter, Lillian Rose. Prosecutors said Entwistle had become despondent after accumulating tens of thousands of dollars in debt and had complained about his sex life with his wife.

In an appeal brief filed Wednesday, Entwistle’s lawyer argues that evidence taken from the Entwistle home was seized illegally.

Prosecutors have said police were justified in entering the home because they were responding to the pleas of concerned family members and friends.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (3)
  1. thor's hammer says:

    justice is in the name of the victims. you had your day in court, and at the expense of the good people of massachusetts. you ran to england coward to try and scam your family. regrettably the good people of massachusetts continue to pick up your tab. where’s a good british navy yardarm when you want one?

  2. TW says:

    HOW THE HELL COULD THIS MAN HAVE RECEIVED A FAIR TRIAL IN THE PLACE WHERE THIS HAPPENED. HE COULDN’T AND HE DIDN’T. Who is to say one of his wife’s family didn’t retrieve the gun from the bedroom where it had been used for a suicide and returned it. They were in the house before the cops arrived. What would the motive be for killing his wife and child. THERE IS NONE WHEN HE COULD HAVE LEFT ANYWAY. What would be the motive for a suicide and killing of the child. IF HIS WIFE GOT WIND NEIL WAS LEAVING HER THERE WOULD BE PLENTY, PLUS SHE ALSO HAD PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS. This has been a mockery of justice from the start.

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