Entwistle held over family deaths

Neil Entwistle, whose wife and infant daughter were found shot to death in their home, has been arrested for their murders, Emily LaGrassa, spokesman for the Middlesex District Attorney’s office in Massachusetts said today.

Entwistle was arrested by British authorities and faces murder charges, she said.

“He is in police custody in England at this time,” Lagrassa said.

Rachel Entwistle, 27, and nine-month-old Lillian, were found shot to death in a bed in their home in Hopkinton on January 22, killed by a small-calibre bullet.

District Attorney Martha Coakley and Hopkinton Police Chief Thomas Irvin called a news conference for 3pm to discuss the arrest.

Authorities have said Neil Entwistle left the country and returned to his native England around the time of the shootings, but have not given an exact timetable.

Police searched their home the day before the bodies were discovered, but did not see anything wrong, authorities said.

Entwistle was questioned by authorities at the US Embassy in London in the days after the shooting.

Rachel Entwistle and her daughter were laid to rest together in a wooden casket on February 1 at a service attended by hundreds of mourners, but not Neil Entwistle.

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