June 17, 2008

Jury Won’t See Alleged Nude Entwistle Pic

By Joe Dwinell, Boston Herald

Jun. 17--WOBURN -- A nude photo purportedly of Neil Entwistle plastered on his homepage on an Internet sex swinger site will not be shown to jurors, the judge in the double-murder case ruled today.

Judge Diane Kottmyer "excluded" the image in a series of motions she ruled on before the eighth day of testimony began.

The prosecution said they "have a picture of a male that's on his homepage," said assistant district attorney Daniel Bennett.

But Entwistle's co-defense team has argued all along the photo of a man nude on a lounge chair is not their client. The ruling was positive news for the defense which has yet to defend their client's alleged surfing for escorts and porn on the Web.

In a victory for the prosecution, Bennett was told by the judge he can introduce documents in testimony that allege Entwistle, 29, joined Adult Friend Finder on Aug. 12, 2005, while still living in England. His wife, the prosecutor pointed out, had already moved back home with her parents in Carver.

"Presenting that evidence would refute statements that Rachel Entwistle knew what was going on on the Internet," the prosecutor said.

Adult Friend Finder claims to have more than 270,000 members in Massachusetts. Each member posts a suggestive photo of himself or herself for other potential swingers to see. The site boasts "join today, make love tonight."

In a first in this case, the prosecution was also successful in being allowed to introduce alleged Web searches by the defendant for half-priced escort services on Jan. 20, 2006 -- the day Rachel Entwistle, 27, and Lillian Rose Entwistle, 9 months, were found murdered in their Hopkinton home.

The judge also allowed Internet maps to be used in court as well as other computer records that prosecutors argue point to Entwistle searching the Web for escort services and other searches.

Entwistle is accused of murdering his wife and child on Jan. 20, 2006, in his rented Hopkinton home. Prosecutors allege he killed both after becoming frustrated over his sex life and ruined finances.

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