Briton arrested in killings of wife, daughter in U.S.

first_img “Rachel and Lilly loved Neil very much. Neil was a trusted husband and father and it is incomprehensible how that love and trust was betrayed in the ultimate act of violence,” said the statement, read by a family spokesman. Police were first called to the Hopkinton home Jan. 21 but didn’t see anything wrong, authorities said. Coakley said that friends of the couple had showed up for a dinner party but no one answered the door, and that Rachel Entwistle’s mother called police when she couldn’t reach her daughter. After a missing-person report was filed, police visited the home again, and during the second search, discovered the bodies amid piles of bedding. Rachel Entwistle was been shot in the head, and the baby in the abdomen, Coakley said. It wasn’t clear whether they were awake or sleeping when they were shot, she said. Neil Entwistle didn’t return for his wife and daughter’s funeral Feb. 1. At the time of the killings, Neil Entwistle was nearing financial ruin, but he apparently hid the problems from his wife and family, Coakley said. A first-degree murder conviction in Massachusetts carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BOSTON – British authorities arrested a man Thursday in the shooting deaths of his wife and baby daughter, and prosecutors say he may have backed out of a plan to commit suicide after killing them in their Massachusetts home. Neil Entwistle, who returned to his native England a day after the killings, is charged with two counts of murder and weapons-related charges, Middlesex District Attorney Martha Coakley said. Investigators believe he used his father-in-law’s handgun to shoot his wife, Rachel, and their daughter on the morning of Jan. 20, Coakley said. She said he may have intended to kill himself as well, possibly because of financial difficulties as his Internet business ventures failed, but he didn’t follow through. The next morning, Entwistle bought a one-way ticket and got on a flight to London. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Before leaving, he returned the .22-caliber handgun to his father-in-law’s home in Carver, Coakley said. “We have forensic information that links it both to him and to Rachel, and we know Rachel had not used that gun,” Coakley said. Rachel Entwistle, 27, and her 9-month-old daughter, Lillian, were found dead Jan. 22 in their home in the Boston suburb of Hopkinton. Neil Entwistle, also 27, was arrested Thursday at a British subway station and ordered held in London after telling a judge there that he would not agree to extradition. A decision on whether he will be handed over to U.S. authorities must be made by April 15 under British law. Rachel Entwistle’s family released a statement Thursday saying they are “deeply saddened” by the arrest. last_img read more

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