Accused Craigslist killer pleads not guilty

BOSTON (AP) - A former Boston medical student accused of killing
a masseuse he met through Craigslist has pleaded not guilty to
first-degree murder and other charges.

Philip Markoff stared straight ahead and his attorney did not
object to him being ordered held without bail during the
arraignment in Suffolk Superior Court.

Prosecutors say the 23-year-old upstate New York native lured
Julissa Brisman of New York City to a Boston hotel in April after
she advertised in the "exotic services" section on Craigslist.
Markoff is accused of binding Brisman during a violent struggle
then shooting her in the chest.

Markoff also pleaded not guilty to the armed robbery of a Las
Vegas woman at another Boston hotel. He's also accused in an April
attack on a woman in Warwick, R.I.

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