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Briton indicted over US murders
Neil Entwistle in court
Neil Entwistle has denied the charges
A British man accused of killing his American wife and their baby daughter has been indicted at a US court.

A grand jury decided Neil Entwistle, should face two counts of first-degree murder and counts of illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition.

The 27-year-old is accused of shooting wife Rachel and nine-month-old Lillian in January, at their Massachusetts home, before flying to the UK.

The IT worker, of Worksop, Notts, entered not guilty pleas last month.

Life sentence

The charges were then passed to a grand jury panel to decide whether there was a case to answer.

If found guilty of first-degree murder, Mr Entwistle would be sentenced to life in jail.

According to court papers, prosecutors believe he had run up debts of tens of thousands of dollars.

He also allegedly searched the internet for information on how to kill people and commit suicide days before his wife and daughter were shot.

He has apparently told police that he panicked and fled the US for his parents' house in Worksop, after finding the bodies. He later agreed to be extradited to the US.

A spokesman for the Middlesex District Attorney said Mr Entwistle was likely to appear in court again for arraignment over the next few weeks.

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