A British man accused of killing his wife and baby almost a year ago is being evaluated at a state psychiatric hospital after jail guards found a depressed letter to his parents, according to a published report.

Middlesex Sheriff James DiPaola told the MetroWest Daily News that Neil Entwistle was sent to Bridgewater State Hospital last month after guards found the letter. DiPaola would not go into details of what the letter said.

"There were some key words that caught the attention of the officers," DiPaola said. "It included burial instructions. It wasn't, per se, `I'm going to hang myself, I'm going to harm myself."'

The letter was more of a conversation about Entwistle being depressed, the sheriff said.

"To put this in perspective, this was shortly after his last bail hearing," said DiPaola. "After that, it appeared he got this depression going."

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DiPaola said the letter was found Dec. 20, just two days after Judge Peter Lauriat denied Entwistle's request to be confined to his parents' home in Worksop, England, and that they be allowed to put the home up as collateral for his bail.

Entwistle, 28, is accused of shooting his American wife Rachel, 27, and their 9-month-old daughter, Lillian Rose, at the family's Hopkinton home on Jan. 20 last year. Authorities said he then flew to England, where he was with his parents until surrendering to British authorities on Feb. 9. Prosecutors have said Entwistle may have planned to commit suicide after killing his wife and daughter.

He has been held without bail at the Middlesex Jail in Cambridge since his return from England a few days after he was arrested.

The sheriff also said that shortly before the letter was found another inmate attempted to attack Entwistle, but was stopped by jail guards.

DiPaola said Entwistle's lawyer, Elliot Weinstein, was informed of Entwistle's transfer to the state hospital on Dec. 21. The newspaper said it could not immediately reach Weinstein for comment at his office after business hours Tuesday.

Prosecutors have said in court records they believe Entwistle killed his wife and daughter to hide a secret life of debt, online business scams and pornography. He could face life in prison without the chance of parole.

A status hearing is scheduled in his case on Jan. 21.

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