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Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Inmate accused of assaulting Entwistle in jail

HOPKINTON

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Eben Howard pleaded not guilty today
(Josh Reynolds for WBZ-TV Channel 4)

HOPKINTON

Middlesex County prosecutors charged an inmate with a jailhouse assault today after they say he kicked Neil Entwistle, the British man accused of murdering his wife and infant daughter in their Hopkinton home, the Globe reports today.

Eben Howard, 33, pleaded not guilty today in Cambridge District Court to one count of assault and battery. Prosecutors allege that at about 9:10 p.m. on Dec. 20, Howard kicked Entwistle in the abdomen. Both men were out of their cells at the time, according to court records. It was not clear why Howard kicked Entwistle.

There is no indication from court records that Entwistle suffered any injuries from the kick. Entwistle's lawyer, Elliot M. Weinstein, declined to comment about the alleged assault or discuss any injuries his client may have sustained. He referred all questions about the incident to the Middlesex Country District Attorney's office, saying he would not contribute to the ongoing publicity surrounding his client.

"I will not comment with anything in connection to Mr. Entwistle's case," Weinstein said.

-- Mac Daniel and Andrew Ryan

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