WOBURN, Mass. – A British man accused of fatally shooting his wife and baby daughter asked if they could be buried together because "that's the way I left them," his father-in-law testified Monday.
Neil Entwistle is charged in the January 2006 killings of his wife, Rachel, 27, and their daughter, Lillian Rose, 9 months, in their rented Hopkinton home. Prosecutors allege Entwistle was in debt and dissatisfied with his sex life when he shot his family, then bought a one-way airline ticket home to England.
Rachel Entwistle's stepfather, Joseph Matterazzo, testified that Neil Entwistle called him from his parents' home in Worksop, England, several times in the days after the killings. During one conversation, Matterazzo told Entwistle that he and Rachel's mother were making funeral arrangements.
"He asked me if Rachel and Lilly could be buried together," Matterazzo said.
"He says, 'because that's the way I left them, I mean, that's the way I found them,' " Matterazzo recalled Entwistle saying.
When Assistant District Attorney Michael Fabbri asked Matterazzo if he was certain of what Entwistle said, Matterazzo replied emphatically, "That's exactly what he said."
Entwistle told police he returned him from doing errands on Jan. 20, 2006, and found his wife and daughter lying together in bed, dead from gunshot wounds. He said he pulled a heavy comforter over them, and returned to England distraught without calling police.
Prosecutors say searches of Entwistle's computer records for the months before the killings showed he had looked online for escort services, and had researched methods of murder and suicide.
Matterazzo said Entwistle called him from England the day after Hopkinton police found the bodies and in a "whimpering" voice told him that he had discovered his wife and daughter fatally shot in their bed three days earlier.
"He said, 'Hi, Joe. I don't know how things got like this,"' Matterazzo recalled Entwistle saying.
"I asked him, 'Neil, did you do this or do you know who did this?"' Matterazzo said.
"He said, 'No, I do not."'
Matterazzo said Entwistle also told him that there were many reporters at his parents' house in England and "that he was concerned that everybody was pointing the finger at him." Entwistle also said that news reports about him searching Internet sex sites were "ridiculous," Matterazzo said.
Matterazzo also testified about taking Entwistle target shooting with him twice during the fall of 2005. During the first outing, he said he showed Entwistle how to load and fire several guns, including the .22-caliber revolver authorities say Entwistle used to kill his wife and daughter.
During one of the phone calls Entwistle made from England, he talked about the guns, Matterazzo said.
"He mentioned a couple of times about the fact that he knew I had guns in the house," Matterazzo said.
"I asked him, 'Why do you care that I had guns in the house?' "
The prosecutor asked Matterazzo what Entwistle's response was.
"Nothing," he said.
A close friend of Rachel Entwistle, Michelle Vigneux, also testified Monday. She said Neil and Rachel appeared to be in love, often calling each other "honey" and "dear."
Under cross-examination by Entwistle's lawyer, she acknowledged that Rachel had complained that the couple had little privacy for sex while they were living at her mother's house in Carver.
"She had said that things weren't the same," said Vigneux, a friend who grew up with Rachel Entwistle in Kingston.
Vigneux said Rachel also told her she wanted to get back in shape and lose weight she had gained during her pregnancy.