Husband’s Sheffield lawyers loses appeal against murder conviction of wife and daughter

File photo dated 31/01/06 of Neil Entwistle, leaving his parent's home in Worksop, Nottinghamshire. Entwistle, who is serving a life sentence in the US for shooting his wife and baby daughter dead, has lost an appeal against his conviction, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court said today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday August 14, 2012. See PA story COURTS Entwistle. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
File photo dated 31/01/06 of Neil Entwistle, leaving his parent's home in Worksop, Nottinghamshire. Entwistle, who is serving a life sentence in the US for shooting his wife and baby daughter dead, has lost an appeal against his conviction, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court said today. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday August 14, 2012. See PA story COURTS Entwistle. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

HUSBAND Neil Entwistle, who is serving a life sentence in the US for the murder of his wife, Rachel, and nine-month-old daughter, Lillian, has lost an appeal against his convictions.

Lawyers for Entwistle, from Worksop, had sought a retrial, arguing evidence obtained during the warrantless searches of the family home in Massachusetts while police were looking for his wife and daughter should have been dismissed at the trial.

But Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the state’s highest court, yesterday upheld the convictions.

Justice Ralph Gants said: “None of the defendant’s claims warrant reversal of the convictions. We conclude the defendant received a fair trial that was ably tried and judged. The interests of justice do not require the entry of a verdict of a lesser degree of guilt on the murder convictions or a new trial.”