British man charged with Mass. killings

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February 10, 2006|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- A British man was arrested yesterday at a London subway stop and charged with murder in the deaths in Massachusetts last month of his wife and 9-month-old daughter.

At a news conference here, Middlesex County District Attorney Martha Coakley said Neil Entwistle, 27, "may have found himself in financial trouble" when he apparently took a .22-caliber handgun belonging to his father-in-law and committed what may have been intended to be a murder-suicide.

"Obviously the murder was [carried out]," Coakley said. "The suicide was not."

Entwistle, who flew to England shortly after the killings, told a London magistrate court yesterday that he did not consent to extradition to the United States. A bail hearing was set for today. The mandatory penalty for first-degree homicide in Massachusetts is life in prison without parole. The state does not have a death penalty.

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