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Briton denies US family killings

Neil Entwistle in court
Neil Entwistle denied all the charges read out in court

A British man has pleaded not guilty in a US court to killing his American wife and their baby daughter.

Neil Entwistle, 27, of Worksop, Nottinghamshire, did not speak during his appearance at Middlesex Superior Court in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The IT worker denied, through his legal team, two counts of first-degree murder and counts of illegally possessing a firearm and ammunition.

He is accused of shooting wife Rachel and nine-month-old Lillian in January.

Mr Entwistle, who wore a grey suit and pale pink shirt and tie, was ordered to be held without bail and a status hearing was set for 23 May.

He has been held without bail since his first court appearance on 16 February.

Judge Peter Lauriat told the five-minute hearing Mr Entwistle's trial would probably take place in April 2007.

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Outside the courtroom, Mr Entwistle's lawyer, Elliot Weinstein, said his client could not get a fair trial anywhere in the US because of the media interest surrounding the case.

If found guilty of first-degree murder, he 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.

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Neil Entwistle is led into court

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