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Accused 'Craigslist killer' found dead in cell

Authorities said Sunday that the former Boston University medical student accused of killing a masseuse he met through Craigslist is dead from an apparent jailhouse suicide in Boston, according to the Associated Press.

Ed Geary, a spokesman for the Suffolk County sheriff's office, said Philip Markoff was declared dead by emergency medical workers about 10:15 Sunday morning. The body was found in the Nashua Street Jail.

Geary said no additional information was immediately available, and an investigation has begun.

Markoff's trial was expected to take place in March.

John Salsberg, who was Markoff's attorney, said he was shocked and saddened about his client's death. He would not comment further.

Markoff, a former Boston University student, pleaded not guilty in the April 2009 fatal shooting of Julissa Brisman of New York, and the armed robbery of a Las Vegas woman, both at Boston hotels.

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 15, 2010; 1:32 PM ET
Categories:  Around the Nation , Sex Crimes  
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