Accused 'Craigslist Killer' Found Dead in Cell

Philip Markoff committed suicide, say authorities
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 15, 2010 12:27 PM CDT
In this April 21, 2009 file photo, Boston University medical student Philip Markoff stands during his arraignment in Boston Municipal Court, in Boston.   (AP Photo/Mark Garfinkel, Pool)

(Newser) – Philip Markoff, the former Boston University medical student accused of killing a masseuse he met through Craigslist, is dead in an apparent jailhouse suicide, say authorities. A spokesman for the Suffolk County sheriff's office says Philip Markoff was declared dead by emergency medical workers at about 10:15am. The body was found in the Nashua Street Jail.

No additional information is immediately available, and an investigation has begun. Markoff's trial was expected to take place in March.

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