Entwistle Pleads Not Guilty To Murder

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A British man pleaded not guilty Thursday to first-degree murder charges and was ordered held without bail in the shooting deaths of his wife and infant daughter at their suburban Boston home.

Neil Entwistle, 27, was arrested last week in his native England, where he flew a day after his wife, Rachel, and 9-month-old daughter Lillian were shot to death. He was flown back to Massachusetts by U.S. authorities on Wednesday after he agreed not to fight extradition.

Entwistle arrived at his arraignment in Framingham District Court in a police cruiser after spending the night in a holding cell at the Hopkinton Police Department, in the same town where he once lived with his family, CBS News correspondent Bianca Solorzano reports. He was handcuffed, shackled at the legs and wearing a bullet-proof vest.

There was extra security on hand at the district courthouse, reports Christina Hager of CBS station WBZ-TV in Boston. The crush of media outside the courthouse slowed traffic to a crawl on nearby Route 126. One passing motorist yelled at the assembled reporters: "Burn that baby killer."

Entwistle did not speak during the brief hearing as his lawyer, Elliot Weinstein, entered the plea on his behalf. District Court Judge Robert Greco ordered Entwistle held without bail pending a March 15 hearing, although the case could be transferred to Superior Court before then. The brief court session was broadcast live on cable television news stations.

Entwistle was then taken to the jail inside the Middlesex District Court building in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Afterward, Weinstein lashed out at the extensive media coverage of the case. The hearing was televised live on U.S. cable television news stations.

"I don't know that Mr. Entwistle will ever be able to get a fair trial on these charges," Weinstein said outside the courthouse. "I am certain that anybody watching this telecast or reading the reporting of today's arraignment has already formed an opinion with respect to Mr. Entwistle's guilt. ... And that opinion is based on absolutely no facts and absolutely no evidence, and that is quite unfortunate."

He declined to take questions, saying: "I am not going to continue the publicity mill that surrounds this case."