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Student Is Indicted in Craigslist Killing

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NY Times : A medical student who the police say killed a woman he met on Craigslist has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge and six other counts, law enforcement officials said Sunday.

Philip Markoff
The student, Philip Markoff, 23, faces arraignment on Monday. He has been held at a county jail here since his arrest on April 20.

According to the police, Mr. Markoff killed a woman and held another at gunpoint at upscale hotels in Boston after answering their advertisements for massage services on Craigslist.

Mr. Markoff has pleaded not guilty. A defense lawyer said Mr. Markoff would maintain his innocence, The Associated Press reported.

A Suffolk County grand jury returned the indictment on Thursday, and the district attorney, Daniel Conley, announced it on Sunday. It also charges Mr. Markoff with armed assault with the intent to rob, two counts of armed kidnapping, armed robbery and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm.

Jake Wark, a spokesman for Mr. Conley, said Mr. Markoff bought the gun used in the death of the woman, Julissa Brisman, 26, at a shop in Mason, N.H. He used someone else's name and identification to make the purchase, Mr. Wark said.

In a statement, Mr. Conley's office said Mr. Markoff used prepaid cellphones that do not require the user to provide identifying information to make appointments with Ms. Brisman and the other victim.

Mr. Markoff, the statement said, robbed the first victim in a hotel room on April 10 after forcing her to the ground at gunpoint and binding her wrists with plastic zip ties. The statement accuses him of hitting Ms. Brisman in the head with the butt of a semiautomatic handgun and then fatally shooting her after meeting her in her hotel room on April 14.

A search of Mr. Markoff's home in Quincy, Mass., produced a 9-mm semiautomatic handgun, ammunition and zip ties like those used in the attacks, the statement said. Investigators also recovered several of the cellphones, or TracFones, laptop computers and four pairs of women's underwear inside socks hidden in a box spring.

The Rhode Island authorities have filed an arrest warrant for Mr. Markoff in connection with the robbery of a third woman he is believed to have met on Craigslist. But he is not likely to be prosecuted in that state until the case against him here has ended.

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