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Images shown at US Briton's trial

Neil Entwistle, his wife Rachel and daughter Lillian Rose
The defence team says Mr Entwistle loved his wife and daughter

The jury trying a British man accused of the double murder of his American wife and baby has been shown detailed photographs of their bodies.

Neil Entwistle, 29, from Worksop, Nottinghamshire, denies murdering his wife, Rachel, 27, and nine-month-old daughter, Lillian, in January 2006.

The jury also saw an image of a blood-stained pillow case said to exhibit "high-velocity impact spatter".

Neither Mr Entwistle nor those in the public gallery were shown the images.

Blood-stained pyjamas

Forensic scientist Deanna Dygan told the jury the murder weapon, a .22 revolver, was shot from close range.

She said vaporous lead, which only settles up to 18ins (45cm) away from the gun's muzzle, was found on the pillow beneath the two victims' heads.

Ms Dygan was shown the blood-stained pyjamas which the baby was wearing when her body was found, but these were not shown to the jurors or the public gallery.

Mr Entwistle's DNA was on the grip of the handgun used to kill his family and on an ammunition container and a gun lock, the court heard.

But the court was also told that John Soares, a Massachusetts State Police forensic biologist, did not find any blood in the car Mr Entwistle drove to Boston's Logan International Airport, where he took a one-way flight to the UK after the murders.

Secret life

The jury has heard the post-mortem examination found Mrs Entwistle was shot in the forehead at close range and baby Lillian was killed with a bullet that passed through her abdomen and lodged above her mother's left breast as she cradled her.

The jury of eight men and eight women showed little emotion as they were shown the detailed pictures.

But on Thursday Mr Entwistle broke down in tears as the jury was shown video footage of the bodies of his wife and baby.

Mr Entwistle was arrested at Royal Oak Underground station in west London in February 2006 and taken back to the US.

Prosecutors have told the jury he had a secret life - he had been thousands of pounds in debt, had visited websites offering casual sex, and searched online for ways to kill people and take his own life.

The former IT worker faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if he is convicted of the double murder.

The trial continues.




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