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
Accused 'Craigslist Killer' Found Dead in Cell
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. (Read more Philip Markoff stories.)

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