February 16, 2006

Entwistle pleads not guilty in double murder

FRAMINGHAM, Mass (Reuters) - A British man accused of
fatally shooting his American wife and infant daughter in their
Massachusetts home and then fleeing to England pleaded not
guilty on Thursday to two first-degree murder charges.

Wearing a dark top, Neil Entwistle, 27, entered the plea in
Framingham District Court, about 20 miles west of Boston, a day
after his extradition from England and nearly a month after the
slayings of his wife and daughter. He was brought into the
courthouse earlier in the day wearing a bulletproof vest,
handcuffs and shackles.

Authorities have accused Neil Entwistle of shooting his
27-year-old wife, Rachel Souza Entwistle, in the head and then
turning the .22 caliber gun on his 9-month-old daughter,
Lillian Rose, as they lay together in bed the morning of
January 20.

The double murder in a two-story colonial home in the
quiet, affluent Massachusetts suburb of Hopkinton, about 30
miles (48 km) west of Boston, followed by Entwistle's
disappearance to his native England after the killings is
drawing intense media attention on both sides of the Atlantic.