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Thursday, December 7, 2006

Alleged Hopkinton murderer Entwistle seeking bail

HOPKINTON

Ten months after he was arrested in London in the gunshot slayings of his wife and infant daughter, Neil Entwistle has asked a Middlesex Superior Court judge to free him from jail and let him return to his native England until he goes on trial next year.

Lawyers for Entwistle acknowledged in the written request filed Tuesday that the Hopkinton murders in January generated a blizzard of news coverage on both sides of the Atlantic, and predicted the motion to free him from the Middlesex County Jail would probably meet with "media reaction and cynicism."

But defense lawyers Elliot M. Weinstein and Stephanie Page said they "cannot be cowed" by such reactions and asserted that intensive news coverage of the case would make it impossible for their client to flee.

"This is a man who cannot run and cannot hide," the motion said.

Emily LaGrassa , a spokeswoman for Middlesex District Attorney Martha Coakley, said prosecutors will oppose the request at a pretrial hearing scheduled for Dec. 15, the Globe's City & Region section reports today.

-- Jonathan Saltzman

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