A British man accused of killing his wife and 9-month-old daughter will remain in jail, a judge ruled today. Middlesex Superior Court Judge Peter Lauriat denied a request from 28-year-old Neil Entwistle to be released to go to his parents’ home in England to wait for his trial was denied.

Law enforcement officers say Entwistle killed his wife, Rachel, and their daughter, Lillian, because of mounting debts and dissatisfaction with his love life. Entwistle’s attorney Elliot Weinstein asked that his client be placed in his parents’ custody on house arrest and with a global positioning system device attached to his body to track his movements. Entwistle’s parents offered their home as collateral for his release. They could have lost it if he violated the terms of his release.

Weinstein told reporters he was disappointed with the judge’s decision.

“We appreciate the hearing and the full and fair consideration that he gave our request,” he said.

It is unusual for murder suspects to be given bail, but Weinstein said Entwistle had no prior record and wouldn’t be a threat or a flight risk. He said Entwistle wasn’t obligated to return to the United States when he went home to England last January, and that Entwistle wouldn’t be able to return to England because of the amount of media attention the case has received in both countries.

“I think I don’t exaggerate when I say to you that Neil Entwistle is a man who cannot run and cannot hide,” Weinstein said.


Assistant District Attorney Michael Fabbri said Entwistle has a history of  “a clear pattern of flight and unreliability.”

“He fled the scene immediately … without seeking any medical help after purportedly finding his wife and his daughter in his own home,” Fabbri said.

Entwistle allegedly killed his family on Jan. 20 in their rental home in Hopkinton, Mass., and then told law enforcement officers he had found them dead when he returned home from running errands. Law enforcement officers say he flew to England after trying unsuccessfully to get a gun from his father-in-law’s house in Carver to use to kill himself. Law enforcement officers allegedly found records in his computer’s history that showed he had visited Web sites related to methods of murder and suicide, and escort services several days before the murders.

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