Brit Charged With Slaying Wife, Baby

Neil Entwistle, centre, is escorted into Bow Street Magistrates Court in London, Thursday Feb. 9, 2006. Entwistle, an unemployed computer programmer, accused of murdering his wife and infant daughter at their U.S. home, was remanded in custody Thursday during an extradition hearing at the London court. Entwistle, 27, left his home in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, for his native Britain following the alleged murders.
Mere hours after British authorities arrested a man in the shooting deaths of his wife and baby daughter at a London subway station, U.S. officials shed new light on the slayings, which shattered a peaceful Boston suburb last month and neighbors' perception of a happy family.

Neil Entwistle, 27, who returned to his native England a day after the killings, is charged with two counts of murder and two weapons-related charges, Middlesex District Attorney Martha Coakley said. He was remanded in custody following an extradition hearing at a London court, and will be held until a hearing Friday.

In the early hours of Jan. 20, investigators believe Entwistle used a handgun taken from his father-in-law to shoot his wife and baby while they slept, Coakley said. He shot his wife in the head, and his daughter in the stomach, authorities believe. There was no sign of struggle.

The next morning, Entwistle bought a one-way ticket and hopped on a flight to London. But before leaving, he returned the .22-caliber handgun to his father-in-law's home in Carver, Coakley said. He may have intended to kill himself as well, but didn't follow through.

"We have forensic information that links it both to him and to Rachel, and we know Rachel had not used that gun," Coakley said.

Suggesting a possible motive, Entwistle faced financial difficulties and debt in England as his Internet business ventures failed. 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.

"The picture we had was of a young couple starting out with a healthy future," Coakley said. But in reality, she said, "he had no money and really had no assets."