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A BRITON has been found guilty of killing his American wife and nine-month-old baby by a US jury.
Neil Entwistle, aged 29, of Worksop, Nottinghamshire, had denied killing wife Rachel, 27, and Lillian Rose, at their home in Massachusetts in January 2006.
His defence lawyer said his wife had killed their baby before turning the gun on herself — which he tried to cover up to “protect her honour”.
Now convicted, Entwistle faces life in prison without parole.
Entwistle showed little emotion as the verdicts were announced after 13 hours of jury deliberation.
As well as being found guilty of the first degree murders of his wife and daughter, Entwistle was also convicted on two firearms charges: illegal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.
It is thought the judge will pass sentence today.
Immediately after the verdicts were announced and Entwistle was led away to the cells, his parents Clifford and Yvonne made statements in which they maintained their son was innocent.
Ms Entwistle said she still believed that her daughter-in-law had been depressed at the time she died. “We know that our son Neil is innocent and we are devastated to learn that the evidence points to Rachel murdering our grandchild and then committing suicide,” said Ms Entwistle outside the Middlesex District Courthouse in Massachusetts.
“I knew Rachel was depressed. Our son will now go to jail for loving, honouring and protecting his wife’s memory,” she said.
His father Clifford said his son did not receive a fair trial. “We will continue to fight for our innocent son with the hope that one day justice will prevail and our little granddaughter Lillian will rest in peace,” he said
Prosecutors maintained Entwistle was in debt and dissatisfied with his sex life when he fatally shot his family in their rented Hopkinton home in 2006.
After the shootings, he fled to Britain to be comforted by his parents. The defence did not put on any witnesses.
Instead, Entwistle’s attorney claimed Rachel Entwistle shot Lillian Rose and then killed herself while the two snuggled in bed.
Entwistle acknowledged not calling police after he said he found their bodies, and said he returned the .22-caliber gun used to kill them to his father-in-law’s house 80 kilometres (50 miles) away in an effort to preserve her honour.
Rachel Entwistle’s family did not immediately comment on the verdict.
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