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British man denies killing American wife and baby

By Rachel Williams, New York
THE British man arrested over the murder of his American wife and baby daughter told police he did not kill them but found them shot dead when he returned from an errand, according to a police affidavit yesterday.

The revelations come hours after Neil Entwistle, 27, agreed to be extradited to the US "as soon as possible" when he appeared before Bow Street Magistrates’ Court in central London yesterday morning.

Neil Entwistle said he had covered the bodies of Rachel and nine-month-old Lillian and got a knife to kill himself but could not go through with it, the document from Hopkinton police in Massachusetts revealed.

The unemployed computer programmer offered the explanation when officers phoned him at his parents’ house in Worksop, Notts, the day after the bodies were discovered at the couple’s home in Hopkinton.

Police had discovered that Entwistle had debts of tens of thousands of dollars, had been unable to get work in the US and had "recently expressed a dissatisfaction with his sex life".

According to the affidavit, after finding the bodies in a bed in their home, Entwistle drove to his wife’s parents’ home in Carver, Massachusetts, to get a gun from his father in-law to kill himself. But when he could not get into their house, he drove to Boston’s Logan Airport because "he wanted to go home to his parents in England".

DNA which matched Entwistle’s was found on the grip of a .22-calibre revolver belonging to Entwistle’s father-in-law Joseph Matterazzo, allegedly used in the killings, and DNA matched to Ms Entwistle was found on the muzzle end of it. Entwistle had access to the gun and had previously used it, but Ms Entwistle had never handled it, the affidavit said.