Craigslist Murder Suspect on Suicide Watch

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2009 2:53 PM CDT
The R.G. Ortiz Funeral Home where the wake of 26-year-old Julissa Brisman was held yesterday.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Accused “Craigslist killer” Philip Markoff has been placed on suicide watch after his Boston jailers found evidence he had tried to hang himself, ABC News reports. “Shoelace marks were found on his neck,” a corrections official said. Markoff has been moved from the general population to a closely watched segregated unit. “I am deeply concerned for Philip's well being,” his lawyer said.

The lawyer did not comment on the suicide attempt. He expressed “complete faith that the sheriff's office will take care of" his client. Meanwhile, Markoff’s fiancée is standing by him. “She’s still confident in Phil,” Megan McAllister’s father told the Herald. “Other than that we’re saying a lot of prayers.” He would not say if the couple’s August wedding is still on.