A timeline of events surrounding the murders of Rachel and Lillian Entwistle who were found shot to death in a bed in their Hopkinton, Massachusetts home. The husband and father, Neil Entwistle was arrested in England and charged with the murders.
Created by myfoxboston on May 28, 2008
Last updated: 03/11/10 at 04:49 PM
Neil Entwistle was sentenced to two life prison terms without the opportunity for parole.
Jurors who deliberated less than two days rejected a claim by Neil Entwistle's lawyer that his wife killed their baby then committed suicide.
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.
A verdict has been reached in the trial. Awaiting the jury's decision.
Jury selection began today for the Neil Entwistle murder trial. Prosecutors and defense lawyers for Neil Entwistle began to weed through 170 potential jurors in Middlesex Superior Court. Eventually they will choose 12 jurors and four alternates.
A judge refused Friday to dismiss murder charges or change the location of a trial for a British man accused of killing his wife and infant daughter, and delayed ruling on whether prosecutors can introduce evidence that Neil Entwistle trolled the Internet looking for sex.
The trial is delayed again, this time to allow one of his lawyers to recover from major surgery. Click on the link below for the story.
Defense lawyers in the Neil Entwistle trial will reportedly rest their case on the questionable record of the state's medical examiner. Dr. William Zane was banned from homicide scenes after he admitted to botching the autopsies of a murdered teenager. The Boston Herald reports Entwistle's lawyers plan to put Zane on the stand to question him about the autopsies he performed on Entwistle's wife and infant daughter. Click on the link below for the story.
A Middlesex Superior Court judge agrees to delay Entwistle's trial until March to allow Entwistle's attorneys more time to review evidence that prosecutors were sharing with them.
A convicted criminal appeared in court for allegedly assaulting fellow inmate Entwistle. The man is accused of kicking Entwistle in the stomach during an assault in the Cambridge jail.
Neil's parents speak out for the first time since their son was arrested for the murders of Rachel and Lillian. Click on the link below for the story.
Entwistle was evaluated at a state psychiatric hospital after jail guards found a depressed letter from him to his parents in December of 2007. Officials at the jail said the letter did not include a specific suicide threat but it did include burial instructions. Click the link below for the story.
A judge denies bail to Entwistle who wanted to return to his parents' house in England pending his double murder trial. Click on the link below for the story.
Neil Entwistle, accused of killing his wife and infant child then running back to his parents' home in England, asks a judge to set him free while he waits for his trial. Click on the link below for the story.
Entwistle appears in court to fight the state's request for a DNA sample from him. A police affidavit filed after the January murders claimed police found his DNA on the gun used in the murders. Click on the link for the story.
The Hopkinton home where Rachel and Lillian Entwistle were murdered goes on the market.
Attorneys for Neil Entwistle returned to Middlesex Superior Court for pre-trial hearings. Entwistle did not appear in court for the hearing, but Rachel's parents did. Entwistle is accused of fatally shooting Rachel and their baby daughter, Lillian. Click on the link below for the story.
Neil Entwistle, 27, is charged with two counts of murder and firearms charges in the Jan. 20 slayings of his wife, Rachel, 27, and their daughter, Lillian Rose, who would have turned 1 on Sunday.
Neil Entwistle, 27, is held without bail in a Cambridge jail since he was arraigned Feb. 16 in the death of his wife, Rachel, 27, and their 9-month-old daughter, Lillian Rose.
Neil Entwistle's plane landed just before 5:30 p.m. at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, northwest of Boston. Entwistle was handcuffed and wearing leg shackles when he was taken from the plane by state police. He was to be taken to the Hopkinton police station for booking.
Court filings reveal that Entwistle searched the Internet for ways to kill people and methods of committing suicide in the days before the slayings, authorities said.
He also trolled the Internet looking for escort services and Web sites that offer help finding sexual partners, according to search warrant documents released Monday.
Entwistle is arrested by British authorities in connection with their deaths.
Funeral is held for Rachel and Lillian. It is attended by 500 mourners. Neil Entwistle is not among them. Mother and baby are buried in same casket.
Massachusetts detectives fly to England to investigate the fatal shooting.
Rachel Entwistle and 9-month-old daughter Lillian are found shot to death in a bed in their home.
Neil Entwistle leaves U.S. for England.
Neil Entwistle allegedly shoots Rachel and Lillian in their Hopkinton home.