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Inmate accused of assaulting Entwistle in jail
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Eben Howard pleaded not guilty today to one count of assault and battery after prosecutors allege he kicked Neil Entwistle in the stomach.
By Mac Daniel and Andrew Ryan, Globe Staff
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.
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.
Entwistle has pleaded not guilty to the January 2006 shooting deaths of his wife and infant daughter. Prosecutors allege that the unemployed electrical engineer flew to his native England after the slayings. Authorities arrested him on a London subway nearly three weeks later.
Middlesex prosecutors theorize that Entwistle had planned a murder-suicide but decided against killing himself. His trial is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 1.
Howard, of Marblehead, was being held as a fugitive from justice. He has been accused of murder in North Carolina, according to court records. For the assault and battery charge, Howard was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail.
(AP File Photo/Wendy Maeda)
Prosecutors allege that Neil Entwistle, pictured above at a court hearing last December, was kicked in the stomach by another inmate.