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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Entwistle denied bail

HOPKINTON

A judge today denied a request by lawyers for Neil Entwistle that their client be released from jail so he could return to his native England until he goes on trial next year for the slaying of his wife and infant daughter.

Middlesex Superior Court Judge Peter Lauriat ruled that Entwistle will continue to be held without bail, according to a statement released by the Middlesex County district attorney's office.

In a three-paragraph order made public this morning, Lauriat said that based on the circumstances of the case, "the defendant's release on conditions of bail which would allow him to reside in England pending trial in this case is neither warranted nor appropriate." The judge did not elaborate.

Entwistle has been held in Middlesex County Jail since Feb. 15, when he was extradited after his arrest in London. He is being held on charges of murdering his wife, Rachel, 27, and their 9-month-old baby daughter, Lillian, on Jan. 20. He flew to England near the time of their death. His trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 1.

-- Andrew Ryan and Jonathan Saltzman

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